Linux talking to Windows and vice versa
I work for an big IT company that bases all its networks and methodologies on Microsoft products. I'm am a network engineer for the company, recently I suggested to my boss that we look at Linux solutions as I've always been a fan. I suggest we try it out and my boss asked me to setup a system in the office to showcase what we could do with it.
So I went ahead and downloaded Fedora Core 1 and began the installation. Everything is perfect, Open Office and Gnome interface with the linux box working correctly on the network. However certain problems have arisen and I need some help.
1. If I try ping the linux box from a windows machine on the network using the host name the windows machines are unable to resolve the host name. I can however ping using the ip address of the linux box. I know we use WINS to resolve host names is there anyway to get windows boxes to resolve my linux box name.
2. I'm having the actual same issue as above with the linux box. I can ping other windows machines using the IP addresses however hostnames are unresolved. Do I have to manually add each damn hostname to the host file along with the IP address. What happens if I need to login to a really large network?