Tracert Returning Spurious Computer Names
Posted on 2012-03-20
I have a strange issue that manifests when I use tracert locally on my LAN.
I discovered this after using tracert on the WAN.
I am not sure when this started but suspect it is a recent issue.
This is an 2003 AD single domain.
I run a tracert to a local workstation on the LAN specifying computer name.
The name resolves to the correct IP address without issue.
The route is found in one hop as expected.
The computername returned is incorrect. It seems like a random computer name in the domain.
I run ipconfig /flushdns, then tracert again.
The route is found in one hop as expected but another random computer name is returned.
I tried this yet again and got the following:
Tracing route to <workstation_name>.<our_domain>.LOCAL [10.25.1.10]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 1 ms <1 ms <1 ms hdesk-server.helpdesk.test [10.25.1.10]
This makes no sense to me whatsoever as the computername and domain name bear no relation to our domain at all.
If someone can explain to me what this is all about, I would be very grateful.
I have a couple of other niggly issues and hope that the resolution to this issue may resolve them as well.
Any help appreciated.