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Use NetBIOS name for easier SMB access Network
There's an easier way to access your Mac via SMB than with its IP address. Mac OS X broadcasts the first 15 characters of your hostname via NetBIOS. For instance, my hostname is "Ryan-Govostes-iMac," so to access it by SMB, I would connect to \\Ryan-Govostes-i\.

You can also have the Terminal print out your NetBIOS name by executing grep "netbios" /private/etc/smb.conf. Your hostname can also be changed in the Sharing preference pane. The more adventurous could edit the smb.conf file and broadcast a different name.
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Use NetBIOS name for easier SMB access
Authored by: ynolo on Jul 07, '05 10:47:20AM

This is the old "Rendezvous" or now called Bonjour name.

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Use NetBIOS name for easier SMB access
Authored by: jsumners on Jul 07, '05 11:40:25AM

Or you can just change the computer name in the "Sharing" preferences.



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Bonjour is much better
Authored by: lullabud on Jul 07, '05 02:54:11PM

Coincidentally, I did exactly the opposite of what this hint suggested and gave up netbios names altogether, even with my windows boxes. I did this by installing Bonjour on my Windows machines. Bjonuour is a much more reliable protocol than netbios, mainly because its name resolution is instantaneous wheras netbios caches information. I access my netbios shares (and all other services) on all of my boxes by their Bonjour names, such as smb://ibm-a30.local/ from my powerbook, or \\aravis.local from my thinkpad. This has worked *MUCH* better for me than netbios, which is awesome for the constantly changing networks in my line of work.



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