Resolve NETBIOS Name in Ubuntu

First make sure that you can access the computer that you are trying to connect to via its internal IP address.

If you are able to do so , let’s move to the next step which is to check to see if you have “Winbind” installed.

dpkg -l | grep winbind

if it does not exist, install it using the following command;

sudo apt-get install winbind

Edit the /etc/nsswitch.conf and add “wins” to the “hosts” line

hosts: files  dns mdns4 wins

if the installation is successful, you are now ready to access your internal computers using their NETBIOS names.

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