2nd NetBios name for a Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2008-11-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-25
I need to add a second NetBios Name to a windows 2003 server to act as a DR node for a print cluster so that users can still print in the event of the Printer cluster Nodes (Site) going off line.  I have used Printmig to install all the printers on the windows 2003 file server and as this server is also the DR file server I need to give it a second NetBios name so users can still print without changing any settings.  I have crated a CNAME for the printer cluster and can ping the name fine. I also set the option for DisableStrictNameChecking and added a reg key for OptionalNames (I think I got it right) but my XP client can still not print.

You could add many optional names in windows 2000
Question by:scryans
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    Hi scryans,

    You also need to add another new entry, DisableStrictNameChecking, REG_DWORD=1 for DNS aliasing to work.


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    Alas I have tried this and still can not print sorry

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    Sorry but it was a typing error in the registry key as per the MS knowledge answer that I found earlier that caused me all the trouble

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    I now know that you need to apply MS 283108 in order to make use of multiple name

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