3. WINS, Naming Standards and Network Browsing
See the pages at WINS, Naming Standards and Network Browsing
These pages really are essential reading. Many Microsoft operating systems rely on NetBIOS naming in order to locate domain, servers and clients and every Windows PC must be identified by a unique NetBIOS name. OUCS offers a central WINS Service for name resolution of NetBIOS names. Essential to this service are naming standards designed to prevent name conflicts that could disable networking on clients or servers.
With the advent of Windows 2000, Microsoft introduced the use of DNS for name resolution, meaning that NetBIOS name resolution is not necessarily required. However many systems still make use of NetBIOS names to locate machines, so don't disable this unless you understand the implications.