NBT Protocol

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The NBT protocol, also known as the NetBT protocol, provides NetBIOS support for the TCP/IP protocol.

The network basic input/output system (NetBIOS) protocol allows browsing of network resources and handles basic functions of Windows networking by using two-way acknowledged data transfer.

NetBIOS is an application programming interface (API) that can be used by programs on a local area network (LAN). NetBIOS provides programs with a uniform set of commands for requesting the lower-level services required to manage names, conduct sessions, and send datagrams between nodes on a network.


The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

NBT Connectivity

NBT (NetBIOS (network basic input/output system)) over TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) connectivity facilitates file and printer sharing.

NBT Naming

NBT (NetBIOS (network basic input/output system)) over TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) naming provides mapping between NetBIOS names and IP addresses.

NBT Protocol Connectivity to WINS Server

Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is the Microsoft implementation of the NetBIOS (network basic input/output system) Name Server, a name server and service for NetBIOS computer names. WINS provides a central mapping of computer names to their network addresses.