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Thread: Static IP and broadcasting Hostname from etc/hosts

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    Static IP and broadcasting Hostname from etc/hosts

    Hello,

    I'm actually running Debian Wheezy, but I'm hoping what i'm doing is similar to what I would do on Ubuntu.

    I've set a static ip address on my server. I've updated /etc/hostname and /etc/hosts to give this server a hostname. I do have a DNS server on our gateway but no entry has been made to this DNS Server for this Debian Server.

    My question is..when I scan my network (I'm using Softperfect Network Scanner), any Server/Workstation that gets it's IP dynamically from our router has a hostname displayed. But for this server that I've setup a static IP, no hostname is displayed. Here is what I put into my interfaces file:

    # The primary network interface
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet static

    address 10.110.1.179
    netmask 255.255.255.0
    gateway 10.110.1.1
    broadcast 10.110.1.255

    Do I need to add anything to the interfaces file or to my /etc/hosts file that will broadcast out to my network the hostname associated with this server? Or do I need to add the DNS name to router/gateway so it knows the hostname for this server?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Static IP and broadcasting Hostname from etc/hosts

    If you want other machines to locate this "server" by a name, then you need to modify DNS or the /etc/hosts file or the NIS+ hosts on the network.
    Only MSwindows machines broadcast their machine-name (often the same as hostname, but not always). This is due to netbios. Samba may do the same, if installed and running on linux.

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    Re: Static IP and broadcasting Hostname from etc/hosts

    If it's capable, you might consider setting up a static lease (reserved address) on the router. The server can use DHCP, get the same address, and (probably) be treated like the rest of the machines.
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