Simple Ping Question

Posted on 2006-05-09
Last Modified: 2010-03-19
I thought that if I pinged with an IP address, the alphabetic DNS name comes would come back.  I have tried many of the options and nothing seems to work.  Isn't goind directly to the black screen MS-DOS prompt the same as going the Start, Run, Command route?
                                 - Ralphiep
Question by:Ralphiep
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    nslookup ipaddress
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    your logic is backwards, if you ping the dns name, ping will return the IP in the process, by using nslookup.
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    If it does not give a in addr reverse (alpabetic) name is because your DNS server does not have the zones created to handle those internal names

    If you want to force to ping to resolve type "ping <IP address> -a"

    for you to learn more about ping in CMD windows jsut type "ping" and hit <enter> and it will display help to show different uses.

    What I use is tracert to find DNS names for IP's, tracert and or tracert and it will go resolving names while it finds IP in question..

    Hope to help

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    tracert and nslookup are cavetools but sometimes helpful
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    try tracert IP
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    If I understand you correctly, you want to ping an address and get the host name back?

    Ping -a [address]

    also good for info on machine is:
    NBTSTAT -a [address]

    these will only work with machines using netbios so if it's just a box with IP it will give you IP info only...
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    nbtstat -A [address]  

    using a lowercase a is for doing the reverse.


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