Host not in any zone?

Danny Mayer mayer at
Mon Oct 15 23:42:04 UTC 2001

At 05:10 PM 10/15/01, Will Yardley wrote:

>no mail wrote:
> > I have an administrator here who says that on her previous job they
> > were able to ping hosts by DNS name, and that the DNS name took the
> > form of "servername" without any zone or domain info on the end. Is
> > this possible with DNS, and if so, how? I can do this with a hosts
> > file, but can't seem to find a way to do it with DNS.
>  this has to do with the resolver on the client's computer and not with
>the DNS server itself.  on a *nix machine the search path is in
>/etc/resolv.conf ; in windoze this is in the TCP-IP settings box i
>believe.  i'm not sure but i don't think DHCP can define more than one
>search domain (newer versions may be able to do this more easily).
>so if my search path is:
>unqualified hostnames are checked against this search path in order
>(with the first match taking precedence).

WINS usually is the major factor in this since it assumes a flat domain space and
all machine names have to be unique.


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