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Old 04-01-2004, 05:44 AM   #1
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Linux talking to Windows and vice versa

Hello everyone,

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?

Old 04-01-2004, 06:08 AM   #2
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If you look in the SAMBA configuration (using SWAT, Webmin, a text editor, whatever) there is an option to either use another WINS server or to be a WINS server. Setting it to use a WINS server may solve your problems.

Note: I have seen this option however haven't ever tried using it to query another WINS server. It should still be worth a try.
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If you are running a Microsoft DNS server you can configure your DNS server to take secure and non-secure updates. This will allow the Linux server to resister itself in your MS DNS server.
Old 04-07-2004, 04:31 AM   #4
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i have this problem too, I mean yesterday i installed fedora core1 on one of windows network stations i can ping that station from other stations but i can not use internet connection through the network also other clients
what do think?, what should i do?

Last edited by sherry; 04-07-2004 at 04:32 AM.
Old 04-07-2004, 09:47 AM   #5
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Try adding all the IP info manually instead of letting DHCP assign everything. If are using a proxy server, add that info to your "Network Proxy Configuration" under "Preferences".


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