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Choosing a Protocol

One of the most significant advantages of the Windows NT network architecture is that it formally separates the NetBIOS and SMB services from the LAN-level protocol. Under Windows NT you are not forced to run NetBIOS and SMB over NetBEUI—you can, in fact, choose the network protocol that makes the most sense for your organization's overall network composition. Because you are no longer forced to use NetBEUI for native Microsoft networking traffic, you are no longer constrained by the NetBEUI limitation.

Types of Protocols

What LAN-level protocols can you choose from? Microsoft provides three protocols that can be used to carry NetBIOS and SMB traffic:


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