Getting [] back from name resolution?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Michael Moser, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. I have a somewhat strange networking problem / phenomenon:

    I am trying to use a desktop machine (running XP) attached to an
    ethernet as a "Bluetooth basestation" for a second system (a laptop
    running Vista), i.e. I have declared the XP machine's Ethernet as a
    shared connection and I am connecting the laptop via BT networking to
    the desktop machine. The laptop is configured to use the desktop as its
    gateway and DNS server. The goal is to be able to access some shares on
    the desktop machine as well as being able to access the internet via
    this BT "bridge".

    While accessing the internet works fine, acessing the other machine's
    shares for some strange reason very often does NOT work (it works
    *sometimes* but only in maybe 25%). After some investigation I believe I
    have found the reason and it appears to have to do with name resolution.
    I noticed out, that in situations when I can NOT access the shares then
    when I do a "ping <desktop-machine>" I am getting:
    Pinging <desktopmachine> at [] with 32 bytes of data:
    Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms ...

    So the ping works (and it's fast ;-) ) but that's obviously NOT what I
    meant.[] is localhost and obviously not the desktop machine!!!
    It almost appears as if the laptop requests the name of
    <desktop-machine> from its "name server" and the desktop answers with
    "yes, that's myself!" and returns [localhost] as its address, not its
    actual IP address that it has on the BT network (which would be
    []) nor the one on the ethernet.

    If I ping [] explicitly that works as well (a bit slower of
    course, about 35ms), so it is apparently NOT the connectivity that's the
    issue here but the name resolution, that's unrailed here for some

    How can I configure the desktop machine such that is passes out its real
    network address and NOT [localhost]???

    Michael Moser, Feb 19, 2008
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