nbtstat privileges

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Is there anyway to get a regular user to use the nbtstat command? We have users that need to use this command to gather netbios names, but whenever they try to use the command they get the error "Failed to access NetBT driver -- NetBT may not be loaded." I looked up the error, and we get this because they don't have administrator rights to their machines. Giving them admin rights is a no-go. So does anyone know of a workaround or another software that can give the same output as nbtstat?
Question by:haniyoka
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    Expert Comment

    What command line switches are you planning on using with nbtstat ?

    Author Comment

    -a and -A are the only switches the users need
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    Accepted Solution

    There are two alternatives to nbtstat that I know of:

    1.) nbtscan:

    2.) Running Nmap ( with the "nbstat" script (

    However, I cannot remember ever having tried to run them on Windows with a non-admin account.

    Option #2 features one of the prime hacking tools around; you may not want to give that into the hands of your users.

    Author Closing Comment

    I've worked with nmap before and it's a great tool, unfortunately it not approved for regular users to use. I've tested out nbtscan, and we can work with this. Thank you!

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