On 28/03/12 18:34, Michael Coffman wrote:

If you can ping <machinename>.local then you might have a chance to make
it work as the machine (normally) is the one that is replying to the
mDNS request.

Not usually.  When they get bollixed up, DNS does not always have an IP for the original name..   I have 26 systems this morning that dig does not return an IP on :(

DNS and mDNS are different, mDNS normally relies on the host being searched for responding not a server, there are server ways of doing it to but it's really designed for small/medium LANs so they "just work"
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Tim Fletcher <tim@night-shade.org.uk>