Name-Resolution Services

Windows operating systems use name resolution to make it easier to communicate with other computers on a network. Name resolution associates computer names with the numerical IP addresses that are used for network communications. Thus rather than using long strings of digits, users can access a computer on the network using a friendly name.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 natively support three name-resolution systems:

The sections that follow examine these services.

Using Domain Name System (DNS)

DNS is a name resolution service that resolves computer names to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Using ...

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