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From: Les Mikesell [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 3:11 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; General list for user discussion, questions and support
Subject: Re: [BackupPC-users] Communicating with a windows laptop on my workgroup
Michael Stowe wrote:
>> Does it actually resolve via DNS?
>> This is a home network so to be honest, I wouldn't even know how to go
>> about testing this. My laptop is associate to a Workgroup and my Linux
>> server has a static IP address within the 192.168.15.x range. I can ping
>> the laptop by ip address but I am not sure what it's normal address would
>> be. For example, would it be laptop1.workgroup.com ?
> Probably not. Somewhere on your network you've got a DHCP server that's
> giving your laptop an IP address, and there's probably a DNS server that's
> either being updated directly by your laptop (Windows does that) or by
> your DHCP server.
> At any rate, to find out, open a command window on your Windows box and type:
> Which should yield a "connection-specific DNS suffix."
> Workgroups/WINS is -quite- different, and entirely unrelated.
For a network with only a few machines, the easiest approach might be to
configure the router/dhcp server to give out fixed IP addresses based on the
known ethernet MAC addresses. Most home routers have a simple web interface
and the ability to configure this. They may also offer to provide DNS, but for
a couple of machines it doesn't matter - you can just set dhcp to 0 in backuppc
and put the IP address in ClientAlias.
That's a good idea. I'll check that out as it would be much simpler. I'll only ever have 3-4 laptops that I'll want to consider backing up.
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