[Samba] WINS / port 445 question

Kit kit at gerritsaa.nl
Wed May 12 08:24:01 GMT 2004

Some information about Windows Direct Hosting (port 445) can be found at:




Here you will see that, by disabling port 445 (direct hosting), all traffic
reverts back to NBT.



>From what I can see, Direct Hosting is no more than SMB over TCP/IP, instead
of using NBT (NetBIOS over TCP) as an intermediary transport.


Blocking Direct Hosting should not break anything (it is merely a
'short-cut') but, once it gets implemented, it should reduce overhead on
server and network.



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