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Windows 7: RDC works with IP address but not computer name


28 Jan 2010   #1

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RDC works with IP address but not computer name

I have 2 Windows 7 Pro computers in a homegroup. I have set up RDC and I can connect from computer a to computer b if I use the IP address, but not if I use the computer name. Any ideas?

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28 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The Host File, I just can't remember where it is lol
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28 Jan 2010   #3
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
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28 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
yup there it is!
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28 Jan 2010   #5
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

What's in your WINS tab (under tcp/ip4 Properties, Advance button) ?
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30 Jan 2010   #6

Win7
 
 

Thanks. I have found the cause of the problem. For use when connecting to my corporate LAN thru a VPN, on the DNS tab I have specified DNS suffixes to append to unqualified names.

The computer I was trying to RDC to is called htpc. However, there is also a computer called htpc.xyx.com (assuming one of the DNS suffixes I have is xyz.com).

When I try to RDC to htpc, it tries a connection to htpc.xyz.com, which of course fails.

I found this out by doing ping htpc. The response I got was from htpc.xyz.com.
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