dummy.net sufix blocks access to LAN machines by names
When trying to "ping" other machines on the LAN I get a reply such as "machinename.dummy.net" showing an IP 18.104.22.168
Most machines on the network use XP with Service Pack 2 installed. Some use Win2K.
All the machines were able to use Internet Explorer but unable to use our networked accounting package.
In an attempt to solve this problem all other networking options were installed (peer-to-peer etc.) on the XP machines through the control panel/add windows components.
Now those machines can easily use the accounting package but can't get on the internet except for Microsoft Outlook! But now I get a proper reply from a ping request.
The machines running Win2K still shows improper replies using ping but are all able to access the internet as well as all "local" resources.