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NetBIOS Name Resolution Using DNS and the HOSTS File

This article was previously published under Q142309
Windows allows you to resolve NetBIOS names using the HOSTS file orDomain Name System (DNS) server. To do this, you must select the EnableDNS for Windows Name Resolution check box in the Advanced Microsoft TCP/IPConfiguration dialog box of Control Panel Network.

In addition, Windows uses Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), b-nodebroadcasts and the LMHOSTS file for NetBIOS name resolution. If all ofthese name resolution methods are used, an h-node host computer implementsthem in the following order:
  1. NetBIOS name cache
  2. WINS server
  3. B-node broadcast
  4. LMHOSTS file
  5. HOSTS file
  6. DNS server
NOTE: This setting and the name-resolution order above apply only to NetBIOS name resolution. Any Winsock name resolution queries the HOSTS file and assigns DNS servers first.

Article ID: 142309 - Last Review: 10/31/2006 03:05:02 - Revision: 2.1

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