My student residence just got its new wired network. It used to be wires across the balconies and going through the building windows, but now it's a professional one. I'm still managing the "local network" part of it, even if I have no power on the other parts.
The computers on this network are 80% Windows (60% Vista, 40% XP) and 20% Linux. Since it's a residential network, each computer is managed by a different person and so I have no administrative power on them. Each room is in a separate vlan and can communicate to all the other computers through a gateway. The computer configurations are done using a dhcp, which I can't alter.
Now that the context is set, my question is the following: Is there a way to get dynamic name resolution under these conditions?
I used to have a wins server, but it was working only 50% of the time since it was always losing elections to badly configured xps or vistas (the well-known bug). Furthermore, since I can't add any entries to the dhcp, a wins solution can not work.
I can't broadcast anything either. I don't mind having to perform some configuration on the computers in order for any solution to work.
Is anyone recognizing one of their situation here?
Thank you for your help.