multiple nmbd claiming the same netbios name?

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at
Fri Jul 26 11:42:02 GMT 2002

it is simply not possible that multiple nmbd have the same name
netbios dictate that a machine have to defend it's name and if
everything works correctly only one machine (or better said ethernet
interface) should have a name.

If for some netbios failure it happens that two machines get convinced
that they have a name then results are unpredictable, clients may
connect to the first one they have seen or bounce from one to another or

I think however the Chris may reply with more accuracy to this question,
I'm looking forward for his wise reply :)


On Fri, 2002-07-26 at 20:24, Andy Tai wrote:
> Hi, I am just curious what would happen if multiple
> servers, each running their own instance of nmbd, all
> using the same netbios name?  How does the client
> choose which one to connect to?  Once connected, will
> other servers still impact the client later on?
> Thanks for any info on this.
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