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    Hello,

    I am having 3 computers in a workgroup kind of setup. Each system is loaded with with Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition. All 3 systems are connected to a central router from where they get internet access. My problem is that, when i am trying to ping any of my server from another server through hostname it doesn't work and get following message:

    Ping request could not find host <HOST NAME>. Please check the name and try again.

    If i try to ping the same server using its IP address then i get successful reply. I have already enabled the ICMP option in my Windows firewall to "Allow incoming echo request". Why is this strange thing happening? Can this be any problem with DNS settings?

    Please guide me here. Thanks.

  • #2
    Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

    There's no netbios name resolution occuring. Are you using an internal or external server for dns resolution?

    If it's internal add an A record for the machines in question. Machines with static addresses aren't updated using dynamic update because they don't use DHCP.

    Alternatively set the following on the machine you want to become the master browser...
    Location: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser\Par ameters
    Key: MaintainList=Yes
    Key: IsDomainMaster=Yes
    Andrew

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    • #3
      Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

      Thanks for the reply. I am using my router IP address for DNS resolution and I have given static IP address for each server.

      And could you please describe in further detail regarding adding an A record? And since all my three servers are in a workgroup, do i still need to maintain master browser?

      Regards,

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      • #4
        Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

        Since you're in a workgroup and you're using your router for your DNS (proxy) then you can't add an A record because you don't have an internal DNS server.

        You'll need to make sure that all the computers have the Computer Browser service running and on one of them configure it as the master browser (see Andrew's post)
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        Jeremy

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        • #5
          Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

          Or you can add an entry to your HOSTS file.

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          • #6
            Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

            YES.. thats what i did.. i.e., added other server's ip address and its hostname in the hosts file and now pinging the server works fine.. thanks guys..

            regards,

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            • #7
              Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

              Originally posted by g_srinivas View Post
              YES.. thats what i did.. i.e., added other server's ip address and its hostname in the hosts file and now pinging the server works fine.. thanks guys..

              regards,
              Gald to see it worked.

              The only problem you have now is making sure all you clients have the same HOSTS file.

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              • #8
                Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

                maybe setting up a winsserver instead of a host file?
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                • #9
                  Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

                  Originally posted by Dumber View Post
                  maybe setting up a winsserver instead of a host file?
                  Technically, a WINS server would take the place of an LMHosts file, not a HOSTS file. A HOSTS file is designed to forestall the need for a DNS query and is not related to NETBIOS. I do accept however that the end result will be the same in this case; I just felt it was important to make the distinction clear.


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                  • #10
                    Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

                    If you have 3 computers each with Server 2003 on it then promote on to be a DC and install DNS would be my option of attack.

                    Just on a side note why are you using 3 server os'es as workstations??

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                    • #11
                      Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

                      Originally posted by Stonelaughter View Post
                      Technically, a WINS server would take the place of an LMHosts file, not a HOSTS file. A HOSTS file is designed to forestall the need for a DNS query and is not related to NETBIOS. I do accept however that the end result will be the same in this case; I just felt it was important to make the distinction clear.

                      I totally agree
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                      • #12
                        Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

                        Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post
                        If you have 3 computers each with Server 2003 on it then promote on to be a DC and install DNS would be my option of attack.

                        Just on a side note why are you using 3 server os'es as workstations??
                        I'm pretty sure it doesn't have to be a DC to install DNS. However there are other benefits to using a domain, DHCP and DNS on one of the servers.
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                        • #13
                          Re: strange problem when pinging my server!

                          Originally posted by teiger View Post
                          I'm pretty sure it doesn't have to be a DC to install DNS. However there are other benefits to using a domain, DHCP and DNS on one of the servers.
                          Nope you are correct it doesn't need to be a DC to have DNS but it does make life a whole lot easier especially when you computers go from 3 to 30 in one swoop.

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