osx Lion resolve windows system names

I'm running an OS X Lion system in a windows environment. I'm not using ldap but I connect to many systems with RDP. I'm using the same DNS settings as the windows workstations and servers here. The problem is that machine names are not resolving from the mac.

I've read a lot about this issue but nothing seems to really be a sure fix.
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What happens if you use fully qualified domain name of the host i.e. hostname.domainname.local
You could also add the entries to the hosts file: /private/etc/hosts
cebrooks03Author Commented:
Nothing, that's all i've been using since this problem started up.
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cebrooks03Author Commented:
Could do that for the servers but workstations run DHCP.
Add domain name to Search domains, in the TCP/IP settings of your connection

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Try to ping with FQDN (eg:- nodel.wester.com).
If its a problem with the single system, ad host entry.
Add domain nad dns details in network settings.
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