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By zk ·
Hi All,

I was wondering if somebody can tell me how to ping an all-numbers Netbios name like "95" or "98". One of my managers named 100 Windows 95 and 98 machines, using the convention 951 for Windows 95 machine 1, 952 for Windows 95 machine 2..etc, thinking it is intuitive naming style, and of course, while I was on a trip :-(

Thank god she left the servers and all the NT workstations alone. Well, she hasn't gone that far yet.

Now, the question is how do I ping all these machines? Somebody in Usenet NT admin NG suggested pinging by DNS name. That was cute. But we don't have the DNS servers, our ISP maintains it. We only have one Internet address that can be seen on the net which is our proxy server. So, the domain name of all the internal machines is left blank with the DNS host name the same as Netbios name. Can somebody help? Well the last resort might be to go and rename those machines back to something else -- manually (

Thanks.

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by dft3 In reply to Interesting Ping Question

This can't be done. You're going to have to rename the machines. Whenever you ping a number, it is intuitively assumed that an IP address is what you're going after.

Netbios names should always begin with a letter.

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by zk In reply to Interesting Ping Question

Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Is this like known weakness of the Netbios Interface, NetBUI protocol? One thing just pop up in my head is, if MS's ping utility is making assumption of this name, won't other ping utilites out there (if there are any) do this without making assumputions? or is it deeply rooted in OS or protocol itself?

Sorry if I am trying to make things difficult, it's just that with my little experience in this field, I found this very interesting. I've never thought that this kind of situation would surface. Is there some white papers or Q#s about this. I like to post it on her office door :-). Thanks.

Now I just noticed, there is only one button that says "Rate and Close Thread". So, I guess you will need to email me.

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by mmohammed In reply to Interesting Ping Question

Run a batch file.

something like this:
Ping 951
ping 95.. and so on. It should include all workstation names, one in each line.

May be this will help

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by zk In reply to Interesting Ping Question

Every time I type ping 95 it was always converted to 0.0.0.95. But 95 is the computers' netbios name. Not IP address. Thanks for the input.

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