Host names between mac and pcs don't work

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by eddified, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. eddified macrumors newbie

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    I just got a macbook pro and I can't use hostnames between mac and pc's.

    If I try to ping the mac from the windows 7 (x64) machine:

    C:\Users\Eddie>ping Eddie-Mac
    Ping request could not find host Eddie-Mac. Please check the name and try again.


    Similar from the mac to windows 7.
    However, if I try and ping using IP addresses, it works perfectly fine.

    Yes, I have re-installed bonjour on the windows 7 box. At least, I believe I did -- trying to find a standaone bonjour installer is impossible. I went to "programs and features", clicked on bonjour, and uninstalled it. Then I ran apple software update, and it wanted to update itunes, safari, and quicktime, (it didn't mention bonjour). I let it update, and now Bonjour is back in the "programs and features" list so I can verify that bonjour was reinstalled. I have rebooted both machines.

    I don't know what to try next.
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

    mulo

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    nope their announced using different protocols. use their IP address.
     
  3. etchtech09 macrumors member

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    To use bonjour you should be able to put a .local after the host name. ie. c:\ping mymacbookpro.local
     
  4. eddified thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. eddified thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The secret all along was using ".local". Not only can I can use ".local" on the windows box (at the end of the mac machine name) to find the mac , I can also use it on the mac (at the end of the windows machine name) to find the windows machine.
     

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