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Old 04-19-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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DNS Configuration (BIND)

So I have my DNS server up and running and currently my users can connect to any machine listed by hostname as long as they use the fqdn.

Is there a way to set it up so I can just have them connect by using "host1" instead of ""?

I know I can edit all of the host files and do it, but I'm just getting into DNS and digging into it.

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Yes - In the clients modify /etc/resolv.conf to have both the server name to query AND the domains to search:

nameserver x.x.x.x
nameserver x.x.x.x
That tells it to append to any "short name" searched for and check on the first nameserver (ip) specified and if not found there on the second name server (ip) specified.
You could add other domains to the search line separated by space:

It would first search short name in and if found provide that - if not it would then search for it in
Old 04-19-2012, 02:37 PM   #3
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Augh! I just figured it out. I already had resolv.conf setup on the server with the search path. My clients are Windows machines - and so your comment made me wonder about how they resolve networks, and that made me think dhcp. I didn't have the option domain-name ""; in my dhcpd.conf. Now the machines can ping by just the host, appending the DN. Thanks for the hint!!

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