TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service

Description:
Enables support for NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) service and NetBIOS name resolution. Is used for resolving Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) in Universal Naming Convention(UNC) for NetBios over Tcpip (NetBT) to find the actual physical address.

Note if using netbios to logon to the domain and this service is disabled, then the Group Policy will not be applied to the machine.

Note if wanting to change the location of the lmhosts file (Along with hosts, services, networks, protocols, NETRC files) then change this STRING registry value:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet \Services \Tcpip \Parameters]
DataBasePath = "C:\Etc"

More Info MS KB101927
More Info MS KB105997
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More Info MS KB314108

Recommended State:
  • Disabled, if on a simple home network (Even if using Netbios over TcpIp).
  • Automatic, if needing to login on to a domain using Netbios/WINS or using the LmHosts-file.
Default State:
  • Automatic
Process Name:
Supports:
Depends:
  • None

Updated: 20 September 2009

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