I am having a tricky problem, perhaps you can help me. I am running a small network with 20 hosts. There is no domain controller, and not even a DNS server. Neither is a DHCP server. All clients use static IP addresses, and all name resolving is done through the HOSTS file on each client. At user logon the HOSTS file is copied from a network share to the %WINDIR%\system32\drivers\
This solution is easy to administrate, and only needs a very small administrative effort. And it's working fine, save one exception... clients running Windows 2000. The operating system doesn't seem to read the hosts file there. It's working fine for Windows XP clients, but doesn't work with Windows 2000.
Does anyone know what could be the problem? I have attached a snippet of the hosts file below.
The network configuration for the clients is as follows:
DNS1: My ISP's 1st DNS
DNS2: My ISP's 2nd DNS
As said, the configuration is the same for WIndows XP and Windows 2000 clients.
If I enter ping server in Windows XP, I get:
Ping SERVER [192.168.3.1] with 32 bytes of data: (...)
If I do the same with Windows 2000 I get:
Unknown host server.
If anyone could point me into the right direction that would be appreciated!
# Last Update: 11/17/08