Stubzones, cannot ping each other via hostname but can with FQDN.

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I have 1 x 2k3 DC and 1 x 2k8 DC in a two way forest trust. The trust is not selective.
I have verified the trust. I have stub zones on each DC.
I can ping a FQDN such as server1.domaina.local on an opposite domain but not a hostname only such as server1. Pinging hostnames on the same domain works fine.
Is this normal behaviour? I think not.
Also I cannot browse the entire windows network, nor can certain non Microsoft applications view the two domains and their member servers as they normally would.
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Top Expert 2012

Commented:
Actually it is normal behavoir. You need to add the other domain to the DNS suffix search list on the clients.

Do a ipconfig /all then you will see that your domain is the only DNS domain that can be searched.

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Commented:
Are you sure, as I have a test environment setup and machines can ping each other by hostname alone across the domains. Same setup via a forest trust. only difference is that bothe servers are 2k3 and they are on the same address range.

Yet in the other environment machines cannot ping hostnames across domains. The forests are broken up via a vlan. I also can not see anything when I try to browse the network? Neither can my applications, which do work in my test environment.
Top Expert 2012
Commented:
That is the difference same subnet should not be run with two different domains because of DNS confusion.

My Network Places would need to have a WINS server installed to see across subnets.

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Commented:
Well, Netbios was not enabled, once enabled hosts were pingable.

Still the prob with My Network Places though which i beleive relies on NetBIOS, I discocered that every server in each domain, member and dc thinks it a master browser and thinks its the only server in the domain??

Any idea what is causing this behaviour. The server build is not standard and has been "hardened" by a 3rd party.
Top Expert 2012
Commented:
Well usually across subnets you would need to setup a WINs server. Now within a subnet you need to have the Computer browser service started and NetBios over TCP\IP enabled in the TCP\IP settings.

You should have one server as your Master browser which is usually your Primary DC.

Disable in the registry.

http://www.chicagotech.net/browser.htm#Disable%20Master%20Browser%20in%20XP,%209X,%20W2k:

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Commented:
Yeah, I understand there should be only one master. I have seen that link but didn't want to edit the registry as I don't beleive the settings are at fault.

OK well thanks for your input anyway.
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