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I have a computer on a windows Active Directory network for which reverse dns lookup fails. It doesn't matter which machine runs the lookup. The problem computer is a debian vm on a windows server 2003 host.

>nslookup wiki.dept



*** can't find Non-existent domain

Contents of /etc/resolv.conf on the debian guest:


What is wrong? how do I get ip-to-name resolution to work for this machine? Thank you.

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Try nslookup If that works, well, your nslookup isn't very smart :) – Bill Weiss Feb 23 '10 at 20:20
nope, same result – matt wilkie Feb 25 '10 at 17:46

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Do you have a reverse (PTR) zone created? Is a Windows DNS?

You will need to specify the reverse record for in some way.

Edit 1

Windows registers DNS. You could join your Linux workstation to the domain using SAMBA and register DNS, but that involves varying degrees of complication. The command, from what I understand to register DNS with SAMBA is:

net ads dns register

Being as that you are not the administrator and the depth of the question you're asking, I'd suggest continuing this dialog with the administrator.

Depending upon what you are looking to accomplish, there may be simpler client-side workarounds.

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I don't know if there is a PTR. When I add windows machine to the domain reverse lookup works, does that indicate the presence of one? I don't have admin access to the domain, and yes .222.44 is a Windows DNS. – matt wilkie Feb 25 '10 at 17:52
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I now have reverse lookup working, but am not entirely sure which bit-flip was the trick. The general process: ask an admin to remove the linux machine from the domain and then install likewise-open. I believe, but am not positive, that it would have been sufficient to run the likewise-open tool lw-update-dns without removing and rejoing the machine to the domain.

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