DNS question on WIN98 client to access W2K


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Delphi

I have two W2K servers. ServerA and ServeB
The Domain name is test.ABC.com
IP address of ServerA is 192.168.1.10
IP address of ServerB is 192.168.1.20

I was using DHCP to obtain IP address and refer the DNS servers to
192.168.1.10, 192.168.1.20 for all WIN98 Clients. Everything work in
normal.

I need to shutdown ServerB for maint yesterday. After power off the
ServerB, some machines can join domain but, cannot map network drive.

In WIN98, I type "ping test.ABC.com". The reply is 192.168.1.20...time
out.
I have tried to add entry to hosts file of WIN98 like that :

192.168.1.10 test.ABC.com

Then reboot the WIN98. I type "ping test.ABC.com" again. Now the reply
is 192.168.1.10. But I still cannot map network drive, such as "net
use t: \\test.ABC.com\account", but I can map it by
"\\ServerA.test.ABC.com\account"

Some WIN98 (without hosts file entry) still reply time out with
192.168.1.20 if I type "ping test.ABC.com" now.

I have some question :-
(1) How can I force all the WIN98 machines only to use ServerA ??
(2) How to make the result of "ping test.ABC.com" in win98 become
192.168.1.10 ?
(3) What is the order of DNS and hosts file? If both record occur in
DNS and Hosts, the computer will use which one??

Thanks.
 
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Deji Akomolafe

Then reboot the WIN98. I type "ping test.ABC.com" again. Now the reply
is 192.168.1.10. But I still cannot map network drive, such as "net
use t: \\test.ABC.com\account", but I can map it by
"\\ServerA.test.ABC.com\account"

OK, the server you are trying to map to is named ServerA. If so, then what
you've described above is the expected behavior

(1) How can I force all the WIN98 machines only to use ServerA ??
For Name resolution? Go back to your DHCP Scope and remove serverB from the
list of NameServers
(2) How to make the result of "ping test.ABC.com" in win98 become
192.168.1.10 ?
Just like you did it in the Hosts file. However, I would look at the ACTUAL
record you have in DNS for test.ABC.com. It seems that you are confusing
your domain name with your server name. From what you described above, it
looks like you really want to be pinging ServerA.test.ABC.com
(3) What is the order of DNS and hosts file? If both record occur in
DNS and Hosts, the computer will use which one??
Hosts, then DNS

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Sincerely,

Dèjì Akómöláfé, MCSE MCSA MCP+I
www.akomolafe.com
www.iyaburo.com
Do you now realize that Today is the Tomorrow you were worried about
Yesterday? -anon
 
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Delphi

As I just will attach ServerB to production later, I don't want to
make any changes in DHCP, DNS and logon script etc. Moreover, make
hosts file setting in each WIN98 clients also not a good method.

"net use t: \\test.ABC.com\account" ought to be worked fine although
the other server is not on. But my case is not work yesterday.

However, the WIN98 Clients that cannot map drive can work fine today.
Nothing has changed. But when I ping test.ABC.com, the result is also
192.168.1.20....time out.

Any idea can make WIN98 Clients "ping test.ABC.com" to display
192.168.1.10, which is really refect the truth domain server in using.

From my experience yesterday, although hosts file seems can make
test.ABC.com map to 192.168.1.10, the clients still not map network
drive \\test.ABC.com\account.
 

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