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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Understanding Name Resolution

Although IP addressing works well for computer-to-computer communications, it doesn't work so well when you and I want to access resources. Could you imagine having to remember the IP address of every computer that you work with? That would be difficult, and it would make working with computers on networks a chore. This is why computers are assigned names. Names are easier to remember than numbers—at least for most people.

When a computer has a name, you can type that name rather than its IP address to access it. This name resolution doesn't happen automatically. In the background, a computer process translates the computer name you type into an IP address that computers can understand. On Windows networks, computer ...

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