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DHCP/DNS - WinClinets OK - RH8 Client Weird

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Hello psyche-list,

After much fiddling around, I have pretty much got my main server,
running RH 8.0, set up to provide DHCP service for my LAN. (BTW, the
LAN is not currently connected to the Internet.) In the process, I
have it pretty well set up to have the DHCP lease activity update the
DNS configuration for the LAN. When a Windows PC comes up, it gets an
IP address and its name becomes known via DNS. The one sever running
DHCP service and DNS is the only such server on the network, although
there is an NT Server doing some kind of NT-ish "domain" stuff.

The fly in the ointment that currently has my attention is another RH
8.0 system sitting in my lab. It knows what its name is. It knows what
its IP address is. It got its IP address from the first system. The
first system shows that it granted a lease for that IP address, and
the HW address in the lease matches the HW address of the second
machine. So far, so good. However, there does not appear to be
anything to tie the second machine's *name* to the IP address grant,
so the name does not show up in the server's DNS, so the name is not
findable via DNS query.

Additional weird part: From my Win2K system, I can ping that second
host by its simple name (dev2). However, when I try to ping it via its
FQDN (dev2.off.mydomain.com), no joy. Using ws_ping to look up dev2's
DNS record using "dev2" using a DNS Server os "(stack)", I get its IP
address. Same request with the FQDN, I get "Failed to resolve name".
When I repeat the experiment and specify my main server as the DNS
Server, for the FQDN, I get a bunch of verbiage that indicates that
there is no such host; for just "dev2", it sits there a while and
times out.

Any ideas on how I can get "dev2" to get its DHCP lease information
propagated into my DNS server, as the Windows systems do? Thanks!


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