DNS issue

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Hemispheres, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Hemispheres

    Hemispheres OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Hello. I'll apoligize up front that I'm not a network admin - I know just enough to be dangerous. My IT department has officially given up on solving my issue, though, so I thought I'd look for some suggestions here.

    Yesterday, I got a new hard drive for my machine. All I've done so far is install Windows, along with SP2 and all of the available updates, and Office. I've joined the domain and am able to access all internal and external sites that I've tried so far except one - our Exchange server. The internal IP address and server name are set up in my hosts file. When I try to ping the server by the server name, though, it tries to ping an external IP address and fails. I am able to ping the internal IP successfully. When I go into the mail setup and try to do a name search, and I enter the server name, it fails. If I enter the internal IP address, it's able to find my ID on the server and replaces the IP address with the server name, but it won't go any further than that.

    I've checked other machines in the office that are set up in the same way mine is (DHCP), and they work properly. I compared the output of ipconfig/all, and everything matches.

    Any help would be appreciated. Please let me know if there's additional information that would be helpful.

    Thanks,

    -Dave
     
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Just out of curiosity - why does your network maintain the HOSTS file? That is such a headache to deal with in regards to maintenance and updates.

    Can you post the contents of your HOST file, as well as screenshots for the results of trying to ping by IP and by Name?
     
  3. Hemispheres

    Hemispheres OSNN One Post Wonder

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    As far as the "why" goes, I couldn't say. The only uncommented line in the Hosts file is:

    10.10.11.12 npopower.nposolutions.com

    Which is the internal IP and server name of the server I'm trying to connect to.

    I've attached the screen shot that you requested.

    Thanks,

    -Dave
     

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  4. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    First of all, I think your company has echo turned off unless from inside your network, I have no clue why you are not able to see your own sever...

    Here is tHe reason I say that:
    H:\>nslookup nposolutions.com
    Non-authoritative answer:
    Name: nposolutions.com
    Address: 208.255.110.70

    and...

    H:\>nslookup npopower.nposolutions.com
    Non-authoritative answer:
    Name: npopower.nposolutions.com
    Address: 63.67.135.3

    H:\>ping 63.67.135.3
    Pinging 63.67.135.3 with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Ping statistics for 63.67.135.3:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss)

    H:\>ping npopower.nposolutions.com
    Pinging npopower.nposolutions.com [63.67.135.3] with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Ping statistics for 63.67.135.3:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    and...

    H:\>ping 208.255.110.70
    Pinging 208.255.110.70 with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Ping statistics for 208.255.110.70:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    H:\>ping nposolutions.com
    Pinging nposolutions.com [208.255.110.70] with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Ping statistics for 208.255.110.70:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    Unless this is another external address? That CAN be pinged?
     
  5. Hemispheres

    Hemispheres OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thanks for the reply, mlakrid. I'm not sure just what you're saying, though. The problem that I'm having is that, for some reason, my machine is relating the server name (npopower) to the external IP address. Other machines here in the office (all of them) use the same DNS servers, but, for some reason, I'm not getting sent to the right address.

    -Dave
     
  6. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Probably won't do anything, but open the CMD line and type this...

    ipconfig /flushdns [ENTER]
    ipconfig /registerdns [ENTER]

    Retry?
     
  7. Hemispheres

    Hemispheres OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thanks, but no change.
     
  8. Hemispheres

    Hemispheres OSNN One Post Wonder

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    ** I figured out what the problem is, and started a new thread.
     
  9. Hemispheres

    Hemispheres OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Windows XP not seeing hosts file

    This is a renaming of my previous thread from earlier today. The specific problem that I'm having is that Windows simply isn't seeing the hosts file. It's in the correct location - c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. For some reason, though, it's being ignored. I checked the environment variables to see if the location was there, but it isn't. Is there a way to tell Windows where to find the Hosts file? Is there a way to turn the use of the Hosts file on and off?

    Thanks,

    -Dave
     
  10. Admiral Michael

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    Re: Windows XP not seeing hosts file

    Taken from here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_file

    Also,

     
  11. Hemispheres

    Hemispheres OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Re: Windows XP not seeing hosts file

    Thanks, Michael. I actually just found this myself, and was coming in to post it. I turned off the DNS service as suggested, and it worked like a charm.

    Thanks all,

    -Dave
     
  12. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I have merged your threads, please don't start a new thread for the same issue.