How is hostname translated into an IP-address

May 15, 2011 at 05:21:17
Specs: Windows 7
How is a computers hostname translated into an IP-address?

Eg. when i enter "\\server1" into the "run"-menu i get access to my server at IP-adress, but how does my computer know what IP-address is it?

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May 15, 2011 at 06:16:40
The network card is talking to the router. If you open the router interface, you'll see a list of all the devices on the LAN that have an IP address.

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May 15, 2011 at 06:32:21
Is this done by af DNS server or something else?

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May 15, 2011 at 06:37:36
No, it's not DNS. The NIC drivers see the list.

*drivers don't create host lists. That happens at a higher level.

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May 15, 2011 at 08:38:21
When computers are connected together in Windows network one computer is designated as a master browser. This computer keeps a record of all the other computers on the network and their IP addresses. If for some reason the master browser is not available, another machine will take over the function of master browser.

This is all done invisible to the user and the user has no control over it. It is not necessary to have a router in the network for it to work.

It is for this reason that Windows can sometime take its time finding another computer on the network if it has lost its master browser and needs to designate another one.


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May 15, 2011 at 09:25:04
lurern there are two types of name resolution.

Netbios name resolution
IP name resolution.

StuartS has told you about netbios name resolution which can be handled in the following manners;
master and backup workgroup browser lists
lmhosts file

Then you have IP name resolution which is the method used when on the internet.
This is accomplished by the following;
Hosts file

Broadcasts are the method of last resort.

In your example I would suspect DNS resolved the name to ip request.
You can learn more by googling name resolution.

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