Re: Re (10th): DNS lookup failure on Linksys router (Joshua E Vines)
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Samba does not resolve names. It allows the Linux box to share its file system and printer with Windows boxes.
The question was "How are the Windows boxes getting name information from the Linux box so that they can ping it by name when no DNS or host files have been configured to include this information?".
Randy's answer was that a samba server on the Linux box could have been broadcasting Netbios information that the Windows boxes use to assemble the 'Network Neighborhood'. Because of this, the Windows boxes could ping the Linux box by name. The Linux box doesn't understand Netbios protocol so it can't get name information from the Windows boxes this way.
If Samba was not configured earlier, then I don't understand how you were able to get name information for the Linux box.
I still recommend that you fix the IP addresses and modify your host files, especially if this all seems confusing to you. Having your own DNS server on your LAN will only complicate your situation.
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