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Posted on 19-09-08 01:37
I was wondering if some body could please share an example of why a network would have net bios enabled. I understand that it is designed for networks, but I also understand that it can be disabled. And its for "basic input and output" across LAN's. So what would actually be a reason why I would want to use it on my network. I can communicate between computers easily across a server or something? Well I am interested on some example. Please setup an example environment for me. Many thanks.


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Posted on 19-09-08 02:16
In order to understand the uses of NetBIOS, you must understand what it actually does. It's not just "Basic I/O"... that is part of the acronym, but the acronym doesn't describe it. NetBIOS ties a machine name to an IP address, much as DNS resolves fully-qualified names to IPs. It's primarily used these days to make network share access and shared printer access easier for completely computer-illiterate morons in a corporate environment. Other than that, it has no real benefit... it resolves a name to an IP and, if you just use the IP, there's no need.

Read up on the relationship between NetBIOS and WINS to understand more fully.


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Posted on 19-09-08 03:33
So only schools and businesses would actually need it? For example schools to print from room 1337 to room 101001. Or a business would print from 1 office to another. Well more so schools.
Would
nbtstat -a localhost
work or would it not read a local location.


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Posted on 19-09-08 03:55
chronicburst wrote:
So only schools and businesses would actually need it? For example schools to print from room 1337 to room 101001. Or a business would print from 1 office to another. Well more so schools.
Would
nbtstat -a localhost
work or would it not read a local location.


No one actually needs it... it's more of a convenience. When supporting an environment of people that need inter-network access, NetBIOS can make the administration tasks easier by empowering the users to understand the basics. As stated previously, NetBIOS only resolves a name to an IP... so, normal functionality is available just using the IP in the absence of NetBIOS.

Localhost refers to your own machine. It's a named reference to the 127.x.x.x subnet.


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Posted on 19-09-08 04:07
Understood. So that form of "hacking" is practically outdated.


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Posted on 19-09-08 12:29
chronicburst wrote:
Understood. So that form of "hacking" is practically outdated.

If the service is still in use on networks, the technique is not outdated.