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Disabling NetBIOS over TCP/IP

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Hi

Disabling the NEtBIOS over TCP/IP service on a server will stop you finding resources on the network, right?

Well if there's a 2003 server that WAS a file and apps server.

The applications are no longer used, and it's now just used for DNS for name reolution

At the mo XP users need to be able to browse/map to shared folders that are on there.

I've been told to disable the service and it will do what i want...but how so.

If the service is disabled wont it stop everyone from browsing or mapping to shared folders on there...what am i missing?

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There is quite a nice summary article at http://www.petri.co.il/disable_netbios_in_w2k_xp_2003.htm which discusses this and the pros and cons
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LFC1980,

all it is referring too when we talk about network browsing with netbios these days, is the my network places area...this relies purely on netbios......netbios is also demmed as a security hole and should be disabled when not needed, basically, if you dont need users going through my network places (its only pretty really) then you should disabled netbios on each machine (under tcpip settings - wins - disable netbios)

Regards,

James
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Ok thanks guys
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not sure why that came up as an admin comment....my apologies
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Wanted to split the points but as Jay Jay's comment is an Admin comment i dont think it lets me
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lol you sorted it just as i sent that last comment.

Will do the split now
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Thank you :)
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