Microsoft DOS nbtstat command

nbtstat commandAbout nbtstat
Availability
Nbtstat syntax
Nbtstat examples

About nbtstat

MS-DOS utility that displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections using NBT (NetBIOS over TCP/IP), which allow the user to troubleshoot NetBIOS name resolution issues. Normally, name resolution is done when NetBIOS over TCP/IP is functioning correctly. It does this through local cache lookup, WINS or DNS server query or through LMHOSTS or Hosts lookup.

Availability

The nbtstat command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems as nbtstat.exe.

Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

Nbtstat syntax

NBTSTAT [ [-a RemoteName] [-A IP address] [-c] [-n] [-r] [-R] [-RR] [-s] [-S] [interval] ]

-a (adapter status) Lists the remote machine's name table given its name
-A (Adapter status) Lists the remote machine's name table given its IP address.
-c (cache) Lists NBT's cache of remote [machine] names and their IP addresses
-n (names) Lists local NetBIOS names.
-r (resolved) Lists names resolved by broadcast and via WINS
-R (Reload) Purges and reloads the remote cache name table
-S (Sessions) Lists sessions table with the destination IP addresses
-s (sessions) Lists sessions table converting destination IP addresses to computer NETBIOS names.
-RR (ReleaseRefresh) Sends Name Release packets to WINs and then, starts Refresh
RemoteName Remote host machine name.
IP address Dotted decimal representation of the IP address.
interval Redisplays selected statistics, pausing interval seconds between each display. Press Ctrl+C to stop redisplaying statistics.

Nbtstat examples

nbtstat -A 204.224.150.3

The above command would run nbtstat on 204.224.150.3, a remote IP address.