The Remote Desktop client on Windows XP x64 (SP2) sometimes gets into a state where it can't find certain remote computers by name. For instance:
dc.example.local = 10.123.0.27
Attempting to RDP to dc.example.local yields the error message:
This computer can't connect to the remote computer.
Remote Desktop cannot find the remote computer. Type the computer name or IP address again, and then try connecting. If the problem continues, contact the owner of the remote computer or your network administrator.
If I use the IP address, I can connect fine.
"nslookup dc.example.local" resolves correctly. "ipconfig /flushdns" does not change the situation. I can connect to other computers by name with no problem.
Rebooting temporarily corrects the issue. When this occurs, it's not always the same machine that's broken. Before my last reboot, I couldn't hit sql3.example.local. Everything worked perfectly for a while, now I can connect to sql3 but not to dc.
I am not running any firewall software on this client, and there are no suspicious messages in my event logs. Other workstations are unaffected by this problem.
Anybody have an idea?