Best Practices Question

Disable NetBIOS in Windows 7?

05/25/2012 11818 views

Is there any reason that I would want to keep NetBIOS enabled for Windows 7 workstations? Does the K1000 need it enabled for anything? 

Are there any common applications that need NetBIOS?

Answer Summary:
K1000 needs Netbios (port 139) to be open in order to push out the KACE Agent.
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Some of the common apps that need WINS servers in order to run effectively are:

- My Network Places (or Network Neighborhood) to quickly repopulate this browse list as the Browser service is still based on NetBIOS.

- Any third-party network applications that leverage the browse list to find network resources users can attach to. You can probably track these puppies down by monitoring activity on your WINS servers by logging perfmon counters on them.

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Answered 05/25/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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I think the K1000 needs Netbios (port 139) to be open in order to push out the KACE Agent.


Answered 05/26/2012 by: WGM_Jeff
4th Degree Black Belt

  • Wow, yeah.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Message_Block

    Seems to be a deal killer. hmm.

I also think that NetBios names are necessary for KACE Agent.

Answered 05/28/2012 by: ninjamasterpro
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