Microsoft NetBIOS Computer Naming Conventions

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SUMMARY

This article is intended to clarify what are valid NetBIOS computer names.

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A computer name can be up to 15 alphanumeric characters with no blank spaces. The name must be unique on the network and can contain the following special characters:
   ! @ # $ % ^ & ( ) - _ ' { } . ~
				
The Following characters are not allowed:
   \ * + = | : ; " ? < > ,
				

REFERENCES

Microsoft Windows NT Network Administration 4.0

Support Fundamentals For Microsoft Windows NT 3.5

Microsoft Windows 95 Resource Kit

RFC 1001 Protocol Standard For A NetBIOS Service On A TCP/UDP Transport:
Concepts And Methods

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Article ID: 188997 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 3.11 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
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