The Question is:
I have a pc running eXcursion that gets it's ip address from a DHCP server. Is
there a way for the VMS TCPIP services to resolve the ip address of the PC to
a node name?
The Answer is :
This depends greatly on how your local network is set to resolve these
DHCP systems. Clearly, your configuration is not using DNS/BIND for
this, as the host name information would thus be available to OpenVMS.
Your current (and apparently non-OpenVMS) DHCP server is probably using
the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) scheme and the NetBIOS protocol
for its name services activities and not the newer DNS/BIND-based approach
found on Microsoft Windows 2000 and in later Microsoft Windows systems.
(The WINS namespace organization is flat, and has been found to not scale
particularly well in moderate to large networks.) OpenVMS provides and
accesses and expects DNS/BIND support. (DNS/BIND scales rather better.)
Alternatively, you could move to the OpenVMS DHCP server (which uses
DNS), or you could upgrade and/or potentially reconfigure the DHCP server
you have to DNS and not WINS.
The Encompasserve DEC_NETWORKING conference topic 1448 has details
of one user's experiences setting up OpenVMS DNS/BIND for use with
the Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory environment, information
that may be of interest here. Access (read-only) to the Encompasserve
conferences (and Encompasserve membership information) is available at: