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Old 09-23-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Find strange computer name

I have an AVG server installed on the corporate network and there is a strange hostname "D54Gtg5" on the client list.

I have a Fedora Linux machine on a predominantly Windows XP network and I want to find out what the IP address is of this strange host that is listed as a client on the AVG server.

I know that the command

nmblookup -A

will give me the hostname, but can I get an IP address when I only know the hostname?

I do not see a switch to do this in the nmblookup man pages.
Old 09-23-2008, 05:17 PM   #2
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Can you ping the name? That should return the IP address.

I think "nmblookup D54Gtg5" with no other options might work too.

Sorry, don't have a Linux box handy at the moment.

Old 09-23-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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Might be a Wireless Router Model#/Name??? Linksys has a model WRT54G wireless router. Just a thought.
Old 09-24-2008, 01:45 AM   #4
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You can use the MAC address to lookup the hardware vendor. This may give you a clue as to what type of system it is.

After you ping the hostname, run arp -a to see the list of MAC addresses. Get the MAC address of the host in question, and take the first 3 octets and lookup the vendor ID here:


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