Mac not able to ping other computers by computer name

My issue is that I cannot access certain local intranet sites on our network from macs(ping or browser) . All of the servers i am trying to reach are windows box. I have the dns pointed to our local dns. I can ping the servers using ip, but not computer name or fully qualified domain name. The macs are os x 10.2.8. Is there anyway that the macs can actually use the entries in the windows forward lookup zone?
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I dont think you can ping in a mixed environment from Mac to Windows via domain name.  IP is a cross-platform standard and will always work.

Does your intranet use proxy servers?  On the Windows boxes it may be transparent (no proxy login required), but it still be taking place.  You may need the address to the proxy server as well.
91mustangAuthor Commented:
thanks for the response, i solved this problem myself...
The issue partly was due to the FQDN of the server. It was blah.blah.local. Anytime a request goes to local it gets redirected to rendezvous.

the work around for this was modfying redezvous settings:

Open the Terminal Application
Type the following (Must have root privilege or sudo account): sudo pico /etc/resolver/local
You will see three lines in the file: nameserver ipaddress, port 5353, timeout 1
On the nameserver line, replace the current IP address with the address of your local DNS server: for example nameserver
On the port line, replace 5353 with 53.
Save your changes and quit pico.

91mustangAuthor Commented:
I am going to reqest to have this closed
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