Name Resolution

By Hacaz ·
What is the right sequence from 1 to 7 where the pc is lookin first for the name resolution

Hosts file, lmhosts file, DNS, WINS, NetBiosname broadcast, DNS client resolver cach, MetBios name cache (use NodeType

Can someone tell me what the right sequence is?

In advance thanks,


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That will depend upon how the system and the network is

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Name Resolution

set up and operates. Some networks DNS doesn't happen until you are at the gateway, in other's it happens very early - all depends on the network layout.

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for mine

by Jaqui In reply to That will depend upon how ...

It's the second step.
hosts file then DNS.
but then, My hosts file has my lan in detail, so if it isn't in there, DNS is the only way to get the name resolved to an ip address.

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Mine at home all in the lan is by static IP in the router and

by Deadly Ernest In reply to for mine

all else is external DNS from the gateway. But I've worked with systems with a lot of Internal DNS first and then to the gateway and external, and some like yours with the hostfiles first.

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OK, this is what happens in 2003

by neilb@uk In reply to Name Resolution

The PC first checks to see if the name queried is its own.

The next step is to check the local Hosts file.

Next the DNS server at the top of the list in the TCPIP properties is queried.

If the name isn't resolved then the NetBIOS name resolution sequence is used as a backup. This depends on the the NetBIOS node type of the PC.

Assuming h-Node (type , this goes:

NetBIOS name cache
WINS server
B-node broadcast
HOSTS file
DNS server


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