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  • Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Access

    When I built a server I can not remote desktop to it by name. I can remote to it by IP address. It has a static IP address.

    When I put the server on DHCP, I can access it by name or IP address.

    When I put a static IP address on the server, I can only access it by IP address. The name does not work.

    When the server was on DHCP, I copied all the DNS info and configured the server with the static IP address with that information.

    Any idea what's going on?
    Do I need an entry in the hosts file? The IP address is
    The server name is studentfp
    The full name of the server is

    How would I address this in the hosts file?



  • #2
    How is your DNS being provided?
    If Windows DNS, try "IPCONFIG /REGISTERDNS" from the server
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    • #3
      Add the Server Name and IP address to your hosts. file on the machine you are using to RDP into the Server.


      • #4
        A good solution but better to solve the source problem before using a work-around such as hosts. Ossian's suggestion to use /registerdns will force the client to register itself with the DNS server. Once done, open the DNS management console and check the A record exists for the computer name and that it has the correct IP address.
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        • #5
          His DNS is probably being updated by the DHCP role, but not by the clients themselves. Manually entering the DNS A and PTR records for that server is the best way to ensure lookups work for that server.
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          • #6
            I wonder, was the issue resolved?

            Daniel Petri
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