NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS) service takes in NetBIOS names as input and returns addresses as output to the requester. The service is client-server based, which means NBNS runs on a server where the answers are stored and clients ask the server for answers to questions such as "Who is the computer JUJUBEAN?" to which the server would respond with the address for the computer with the name JUJUBEAN.

IBM developed NBNS to allow humans to use names instead of addresses when working with PC-compatible computers connected to a network.

See Also

  • RFC 1001
  • RFC 1002

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