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I am working at corporate headquarters called Papermash. I joined their domain on my Win7 Pro, what I found interesting is that I could login to the domain using credentials PAPERMASH\username, and also\username. When I tried to visit using my browser there was no such website, if I ping it all packets fail. This is quite confusing for me, could someone explain what is going on here?

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PAPERMASH is the NetBIOS name of the domain. is the DNS name of the domain.

You can also log on using your UPN (User Principal Name) in the format:

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Great response! Is there a reason that packets cannot be sent or received to the DNS name of the domain, even though it has a public IP address? Perhaps it is a special type of server that does not have ports to the internet? – jesterII May 19 '12 at 20:46
That depends on a lot. Unless its also hosting a website it wont respond to http requests, and unless its configured to respond to ICMP packets it wont respond to ping requests. Your network/firewall may also be such that you cannot receive ping replies from that host. – floyd May 19 '12 at 21:29

Still, nobody is legally required to have a website on a registered domain name, and some old schoolers still believe that the website should be at and that a web browser should not be redirected from to the server, since it is basically slightly unclean (your servers are no longer only at leaves of your dns hierarchy).

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Very helpful response. For the record papermash and papermashcorporate are fabrications of my imagination, but the issue is now resolved thanks to these answers. – jesterII May 19 '12 at 21:46

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