I have a 3 computer network connected through a Linksys/Cisco E3000 Router in a small office. One is running Windows 2008 R2 Foundation and the other 2 are running windows 7.
When I ping the R2 from the windows 7 machine using the name (eg. ping server), the ping waits for 6 seconds, and then starts printing the round trip times (no problems with the round trip time). The printed time is 1ms, and once ping starts printing, it goes fine.
When I ping using the ip of the server though, the ping starts printing out immediately, and there is no start up delay.
I did not remember to check the arp tables on the 7 machine, but this seems strange. The router is handling the DNS.
I can access shared folder on the server and is pretty snappy. However, we have an application (that is uses machine names to work) and has become incredibly slow. I suspect that if I figure out what is happening with the ping start up times, I can maybe figure out why the application is running slow.
I'd appreciate any thoughts on this strange ping behavior.