Microsoft added the feature of multiple NetBIOS names in Windows 2000/2003 servers.
Some example scenarios why this would be useful:
- Recover a dead file server data from backup onto another working server and
continue providing published shares to the users that are using the name
of the dead server as well as users that use the existing name
- Consolidating multiple file servers into one server
- When acquiring a company, to transfer file server data to own server and
share it using the same name and the same URL.
Additional NetBIOS names are specified in registry key
by adding a REG_SZ value named
If this is not working, you might need under the same registry key to
add a REG_DWORD registry value named
DisableStrictNameChecking with the value of
For more information see the article
Multiple Server Names on Windows.