Locating a file using an IP address

My current project at work requires that I open an access database using a DNS name. I am now in a position where I can resolve DNS names (using WinSock), but I am unable to open the database using the returned IP value. Is it even possible to use IP addresses as a method of locating files on an internal network? Can DNS return more than just an IP address?
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TimCotteeHead of Software ServicesCommented:
You can use the IP address as part of a UNC path. E.G.,

To access a server share such as

\\Server\Sharename\Path\filename you can use


DNS is only there to provide the IP address for a specified name.

lbowersAuthor Commented:
Tim, You've answered my question really - I need to give you the points. I actually tried something similar earlier today but forgot to specify the \ShareName\ portion after the IP address. Thanks for your help...
TimCotteeHead of Software ServicesCommented:
I'll answer it for you then, you could have accepted the comment as an answer also. Glad to be of help.

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