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How to Have a Windows 2008 R2 Find Computers on the Network

Posted on 2015-02-12
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I needed to clear out some bad entries in the DNS records of a server. However, I know the machine records I deleted need to be remade. Is there a way to tell Windows to search the network for Workstations to add to its DNS records?
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You could turn on those client machines, then when logged in on the clients just run IPCONFIG /registerdns and that should do the trick.
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by:JesusFreak42
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Unfortunately, I'm remote :(. I'll have to wait until the tech on site gets around to calling me back then?
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by:footech
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If they're configured correctly, then they'll register their own records by default if they're configured with a static IP (they'll try to re-register every 24 hours).  If they're configured via DHCP, then either the machine or DHCP can register the records depending on how DHCP is configured.
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yes that would be the best option.

Keep me posted.
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by:loftyworm
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If you are impatient, like me, you can also check the NETBios settings, look in "My Network" and it will list all the computers it can see in the same subnet.
Still Impatient?
Try restarting the "Network Connections" via local script and psexec (if dynamic DNS is on)
Even more impatient?
Run a local script to query the registry for the DNS setting.  Run it against every IP in the subnet.

But that's just me ;)  I am an impatient Jesus freak to :)
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