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I want to ping my unix server by hostname.  I can ping the IP address, but it doesn't recognize the hostname.  IS THERE A HOSTS FILE, FOR $DEITY'S SAKE!!!!

I try to install DNS, really I do, but it doesn't see the domain server.

Help.

Thanks much,

Michael M Murphree
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by:sgenther
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Add the unix server to the hosts file...its in the c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc directory
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korvan earned 100 total points
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The file is c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\lmhosts (the file itself is called lmhosts)

After updating, you need to run nbtstat -R (note the capital 'R').  This will purge and reload the NBT Remote Cache Name Table with the contents of the lmhosts file.
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by:BlackMan
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korvan, you are not quite right! LMHOSTS contains NetBios Machine names. sgenther is right, it is the HOSTS file you must edit...
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by:mkthakur
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Add the line for unix server's host name  to the hosts( c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts)  file
e.g.
10.284.211.212  unixserver
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by:sgenther
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Gee mkthakur...Do I hear an echo? Also as Blackman stated the LMhosts file is for LAN Manager servers,thus LM. Hosts is the one you want.
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by:sgenther
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Blackman....And you wonder why I like to post as answer first???
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by:BlackMan
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Yes, and SAGEM is not even a "First-timer"!!
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