This article was previously published under Q167640
In network installations, where IP addresses are assigned statically(DHCP is not used), it is often desirable to change the NetBIOS nameresolution node type of a computer. This is time consuming when largenumbers of computers are involved because an administrator must edit theregistry of each computer where the node type is to be changed.
This article describes one possible method of automating the change.
Create the following two-line text file and save it in ANSI (Windows) or DOS text format. It will not work if saved as a Unicode file.
\Registry\Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBT\Parameters NodeType = REG_DWORD 0x00000004 NOTE: Use 0x00000008 for hybrid node or h-node Use 0x00000004 for mixed node or m-node Use 0x00000002 for point-to-point WINS or p-node Use 0x00000001 for broadcast node or b-node
For additional information with descriptions of the various settings for this key, please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:
ARTICLE-ID: 160177 TITLE : Default Node Type For Microsoft Clients
ARTICLE-ID: 120642 TITLE : TCP/IP and NBT Configuration Parameters for Windows 2000 or Windows NT
Save the file as M-NODE.INI (change the first letter for node types other than mixed).
Copy this file and the file Regini.exe from the Windows NT "Resource Kit" to either a floppy drive or a network share.
The following command, executed at a workstation from the path where Regini.exe and M-NODE.INI are stored, will change the node type to mixed. Changing to other node types is done in the same fashion.
This could be automated further by enclosing it in a batch file, or a logon script:
@ECHO OFF REM NODE.BAT IF /I "%1" == "h" REGINI H-NODE.INI & GOTO END IF /I "%1" == "m" REGINI M-NODE.INI & GOTO END IF /I "%1" == "p" REGINI P-NODE.INI & GOTO END IF /I "%1" == "b" REGINI B-NODE.INI & GOTO END ECHO USAGE: NODE X where X is the desired node type (H, M, P, OR B). :END