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Name Resolution

Can anybody tell me the name resolution mechanism in UNIX servers ??

In Windows 2000 it is DNS resolution first and then WINS resolution. What is the order in UNIX ?

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Ghost_HackerCommented:
A Unix box with Samba running will default to using (in order) lmhosts file, hosts file , WINS, and broadcast for netbios name resolution.

This can be changed if you wish.
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Ghost_HackerCommented:
One other note, the "host file" can also be a combination of a host file lookup and a DNS query.
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sam74Author Commented:
During the UNIX OS installation do we also configure the DNS server & WINS server it will talk to ???

What happens to UNIX box without SAMBA will it still follow the same sequence..

P.S: I'm assuming that Hosts file resolution is both looking at /etc/HOSTS file or Querying the DNS server. Am I right ?
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Ghost_HackerCommented:
Each version of Unix has different install steps, but they all can have these parameters setup after installation.


Without Samba the order is different for different versions of UNIX, but can be NIS, Host file, DNS.


Remember that WINS is netbios name resolution with an emphasis on netbios.
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craigtinCommented:
WINS and DNS resolve different names.

DNS resolves FQDN names like com1.company.com.  DNS is the only name resolution you need in WIN2k.

WINS resolves NETBIOS names like com1 and is purely MS.  WINS is also not used in WIN2K and only provided for backward compatability for older NOS.  
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sam74Author Commented:
Then why doesnt this work when I execute a //aliasname in start menu-> run on a w2K machine.

I have created an alias for a server in DNS when I type this //aliasname on the client computer it doesnt show all the shared folders on the server computer.


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craigtinCommented:
because it should be \\aliasname ?
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