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How to keep NetBIOS functionality but disable its broadcast messages

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One piece of software that I use requires that NetBIOS be enabled as part of its product licensing validation. Since enabling this setting I am seeing broadcast messages in my firewall logs on the NetBIOS port. Is there a way to disable the broadcast messages produced by NetBIOS without losing any functionality that I may need on the local computer?
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No, not really.  The NETBIOS broadcast is basic function of NETBIOS.  Even with WINS enabled, broadcast is still requires.   Broadcast is how NETBIOS lets the rest of the world know that it is there and how it finds out who is where if WINS and or DNS fail.

The closest you could try and do is install a personal firewall and block the broadcasts.  However, my guess is that you could break the software product that requires NETBIOS.  It could be that it is counting on the broadcasts for something.
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But you can set the node type to peer 2 peer only to limit broadcast. It will require a wins server though.
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