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I installed Mandrake 9 with networking and server assigned IP address. Everything works but I can't ping any windows PC's by hostname. I can Ping any machine on the network by IP address, and I can also ping any Windows NT 4 / 2000 Server machines by hostname, but no windows client PC's. The DNS Server is a Win2000 Server machine and Mandrakes finds and identifys it as the primary DNS server correctly but it doesn't seem to help in resolving hostnames. I can add a Windows PC hostname and IP address to the /etc/hosts file and then I can ping that machine. Can anybody tell me why it's not looking up hostnames on the DNS server, or what do I need to do to get that working. Is there something I need to do with the DNS server to allow my Mandrake machine to resolve hostnames to addresses with it. I have a lot of Windows PC's that I need to be able to see by host name, and adding them all to the hosts file would be out of the question.
Thanks for any suggestions !
A little more information about my setup. under hostname is linux1.swnutils.com - this domainname.com is correct for the network - under NameServer it shows the IP address of the Windows 2000 DNS Server on the network - found this all by itself. Multiple IP's for 1 host is selected, and the HostName Search path is currently set for Hosts, DNS. Changing the search path to DNS, Hosts makes no difference. Changing the search path to DNS only makes me unable to ping any of the host names that are in my hosts file except by IP address. For some reason it knows where the DNS server is, but it looks ONLY in the host file to resolve names to addresses.
The dns servers have been set up for a long time. They do work when pinging hosts from any windows machine. It's only this mandrake machine that cannot get host names resolved. Do I need to add this machine name to a file somewhere on the nameserver for it to work ?
The server host names get added to the /etc/hosts file automatically some way. I hadn't really though about the windows machines using netbios to resolve hostnames........There is also a HPUX box on the network that resolves all hostnames on the network, with or with the domainname.com extension. It's got a pretty big hosts file but I noticed it's able to ping every hostname regardless of whether it's in the hosts file or not. I should take a look at some of the network configuration files on it and see if I can tell how it's able to do it.