Netbios names

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-23
Can someone explain a little bit the usage of Netbios.
1- when you rename a host name are you giving it a Netbios name?
2- when you right click computer/properties/computer name tab, you can change the computer name there, is this netbios name? is it the same just like renaming host name?
3-If Wins is not installed is Netbios  still used? what is the difference between WINS and Netbios?
4- when you ping a computer by name in a network where there is no DNS, are you using netbios to resolve name to IP?

Question by:jskfan
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    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. WINS converts the NetBios name into a routable IP address
    4. Sort of. Netbios does not do the resolution, WINS does via NetBios. See answer #3

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    <<4. Sort of. Netbios does not do the resolution, WINS does via NetBios. See answer #3>>
    So if you ping a computer name when there is:
    - No DNS No Wins  you don't receive a reply?
    -Only DNS No WINS you receive a reply?
    -Only WINS No DNS you receive a reply?

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