Originally Posted by SteveGYBE
MS Active Directory includes a Dynamic DNS server which keeps track of all the Host names and IP addresses of the workstations in the domain, and for any other names/URLs it then forwards to Internet DNS servers for name resolution.
Fedora of course does not have Active Directory (at least by default, although the Samba tools may include similar functionality on Linux).
WTF ? Linux has several standards based
Active directory services, typically LDAP directory services, and the '389' which is readily available on Fedora s among the best supported.
Yes it can be used with MS Active-Directory.
You can USE Samba with LDAP services but it does not supply the service - a client.
From what I read MS-Active_Directory relies on DNS with certain properties, rather than providing it, so active dircetory is a side-topic.
However, by far the simplest method is to add the IP Address/Hostname pairs to the /etc/hosts file on each machine. As long as the IP Addresses are static or DHCP is configured always to allocate the same address to each adapter, then it is not too difficult to maintain.
He can use /etc/hosts. He could setup a *local* DNS service (the IP addresses are for an ISP, I think) on Linux I'd suggest dnsmasq - but on Win ...? He could use mDNS from zeroconf - no idea if Win supports that.
Looks like there are several free DNS servers for Win in case he's not running winserver.