> What actually happens on a windows box is that it uses the
> WINS protocol to lookup machine names that it doesn't find
> DNS entries for. Essentially (and you can watch it with
> tcpdump or a similar tool on NT) it broadcasts a request
> for anyone answering to the machine name imax (or whatever).
A small note, what you describe is actually a B-Node broadcast rather than WINS. If an MS machine has a WINS server configured, it will send a name resolution request to the WINS server up to three times. If no WINS server is specified or no response is received then it sends out a B-Node broadcast. They are two different things.
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