Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Data type Range Default value


0 | 1



Specifies how NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) chooses the IP address to put in a name query. If the value of this entry is 1, then NetBT randomly chooses an IP address from all of its bound interfaces. If this entry is 0 or is absent from the registry, then NetBT uses the address of the interface on which the query arrived.

This entry is applicable only to multihomed computers. This feature is used by servers with multiple interfaces on the same network for load balancing. This entry does not exist in the registry by default, and you must add it if you want to configure NetBT to randomly choose an IP address from its available interfaces.

Activation Method

If this interface is configured by Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), then a change in parameters will take effect if you enter the command ipconfig /renew at the command line. Otherwise, you must restart the computer for a change to take effect.

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