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By digital_cow ·
Hi,

Note: Our W2K Server/sp2 is not running with Active directory:

When i try to open an application on other remote servers. My Server does not recognises (some)other servers if i used their computer names, but if i use their IP addresses it do communicates.

I understand that if you do not load/install the Active Directory feature of W2K, the DNS will not be available. I have no plans of upgrading our system to a domain based network.

Is there an alternative way on how can i accessother remote servers via server names?

Thanks,
digital

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by erikdr In reply to Naming Services for Workg ...

Yes, twofold:
* Use the HOSTS or LMHOSTS file on each of the workgroup machine to do the name to IP mapping. Works great but forces you to, sometimes timeconsuming, distribution issues especially if the file gets updated regularly.
* Use another DNS service, e.g. on an old NT Server box. And have all W2K machines refer to this one as their DNS server.
Manually configuring the 'zone files' (similar to HOSTS but now on one central location) can be quite painful, however.

Note that with either solution, you can not really do browsing through the servers (that requires MS DDNS and hence ADS) but you should be able to make all the mappings with NET USE etc.

Hope this helps,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by digital_cow In reply to Naming Services for Workg ...

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by Bazz00 In reply to Naming Services for Workg ...

You could add the Netbeui protocol which broadcasts the Netbios names of all the pc's connected together. Which should allow you to connect and communicate by using the servers Netbios name and unc path e.g. \\servername.

Although, just rememberthat Netbeui is not routable, increses network traffic and is only meant for small networks under 200 nodes

Hope this helps

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by jasonschambers In reply to Naming Services for Workg ...

Yoy can use your host file which is located in C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc and plave the names in the file under the example.
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Another idea wouold be to insatll netbeui on all of the pc's, but in Win2k I have noticed it sometimes loses connection and you will be prompted to your user/pass.
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If you have TCPIP than that is your safest opion. If you do have one WIn2k server you can set it up as a DNS server within the workgroup. You may also think about a Wins server for the netBeui protocol.
Good Luck

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by timwalsh In reply to Naming Services for Workg ...

You do not need AD to be able to use DNS.

In order to resolve IP address-to-host name, and host name-to-IP address, you need to create both forward and reverse lookup zones when configuring DNS.

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by curlergirl In reply to Naming Services for Workg ...

The easiest way in this setup would be to set up WINS on your server and use NetBios over TCP/IP. All you have to do is install the WINS service on your Win2K Server. After it is running, then make sure all of the servers and workstations on the network are configured to use NetBIOS over TCP/IP and have the correct WINS server TCP/IP address in their TCP/IP properties (you can do this through DHCP options, if you're using DHCP, or set them statically on each workstation). Then, they will register themselves automatically with the WINS server and you will not have any more name resolution problems. Hope this helps!

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