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Chapter 8.1. Overview of Managing Networ... > Name Resolution and Service Registra...

Name Resolution and Service Registration

Although dotted decimal notation is easier for humans to understand than 32-bit addresses, it's still not an easy way to remember how to access network resources. Humans prefer accessing network resources through names that are more easily remembered. We would rather access a printer called HRPrinter or a server called ACCOUNTING1 than 192.168.245.32 and 208.224.35.67. But in order to use the more easily remembered names, there must be some mechanism in place to resolve the names back to the IP addresses used by the computers when networking.

Windows 2000 supports two types of name resolution: NetBIOS and Host Name Resolution. Both translate from human naming conventions to IP addresses. Although Windows 2000 is beginning to move away from NetBIOS naming in favor of the more efficient DNS naming convention, NetBIOS naming is still supported for the sake of legacy applications.


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