[K12OSN] DNS instead of /etc/hosts

Les Mikesell les at futuresource.com
Fri Apr 13 23:17:42 UTC 2007

Rob Owens wrote:

>> That way they will always get the name you associated with the address 
>> and you only have to keep track of IP address changes in the DNS zone file.
> This is probably what I'll end up doing.  In the case of standalone
> Windows machines with a shared printer attached, do I need to specify a
> static IP address?  I'm under the impression that Windows machines don't
> use IP address or DNS name to find other Windows machines--I think they
> use some sort of Microsoft-specific voodoo, but I might be wrong.

Yes, Windows uses some magic to broadcast Netbios names around.  Whether 
it works or not depends on whether you are on the same subnet or have a 
common WINS server assigned - and it isn't happy if different people 
choose the same names for their boxes.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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