I mainly use Windows XP on all desktops, so there's no /etc/hosts on the boxes I'm trying to ping/connect from. Every computer and server on the network has been configured 10.0.0.138 for its DNS-nameserver and Gateway (and DHCP-server). I'm a bit unsure of how the hostnames are being handled by the pfSense-server (free-BSD) from the linux-boxes, but for now all servers and desktops have been working flawless, exept for this last server..
I cannot ping the "tor"/"tor.lan" hostname from my previous Ubuntu server, nor any other computer. Only connection trough IP on any protocol.
/etc/hosts on my new rtorrent server (tor)
/etc/hosts to tore (as u see there's no difference)
10.0.0.2 tor.lan tor
~#hostname and ~#hostname -f gives correct outputs.
10.0.0.5 tore.lan tore
I'm more curious to what you mean about alias on every computer
domain prefix (.lan or any other for that sake) has nothing to say on the M$ network. I can easily connect trough the "Run"-meny with \\hostname on a sambashare without any ".lan" at the end.