NBT can read LMHOSTS files that are located on other computers. This allows the use of a centralized LMHOSTS file that can be accessed through a computer's local LMHOSTS file. Using a centralized LMHOSTS file still requires each computer to have a local LMHOSTS file.

To access a centralized LMHOSTS file, a computer's local LMHOSTS file can have an entry with the #INCLUDE tag for the location of the centralized file as the following example.

 #INCLUDE \\Fileserver\Public\Lmhosts

In this example, NBT includes the LMHOSTS file on the public shared folder of the server. An implementation MUST detect circular #INCLUDE directives and stop any further processing of the file and of the query.