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Something I've never been able to figure out. When installing a new machine, and you come to the "Network Configuration" dialog, what do you put in for the Host: and Domain: if it is a machine on an internal network (ie., 192.168.1.149)? Does it matter? Just give it a simple hostname and be done with it? Make something up? -- Jonathan Arnold (mailto:org) Daemon Dancing in the Dark, a FreeBSD weblog: http://freebsd.amazingdev.com/blog/...

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    Default Setting up network

    Something I've never been able to figure out. When installing a
    new machine, and you come to the "Network Configuration" dialog,
    what do you put in for the Host: and Domain: if it is a machine
    on an internal network (ie., 192.168.1.149)? Does it matter?
    Just give it a simple hostname and be done with it? Make something
    up?

    --
    Jonathan Arnold (mailto:org)
    Daemon Dancing in the Dark, a FreeBSD weblog:
    http://freebsd.amazingdev.com/blog/

    Jonathan Guest

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    Essentially, the host is the 'name of the machine' if you will. So if
    you want, you can name it betty, or uberserver1. It doesn't matter.
    For that fact, as far as I really know, nor does the domain matter.
    However commonly when naming servers and such, they have corresponding
    names and domains so that they can be labeled and people who need to
    know, know what these machines do.

    In short, no, the names do not matter for your internal home network.


    On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 16:52:52 -0500, Jonathan Arnold
    <org> wrote: 


    --
    -Tomas Quintero
    Tomas Guest

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    On Mar 31, 2005, at 4:52 PM, Jonathan Arnold wrote: 

    If you're using DHCP via one of the ubiquitous broadband
    firewall/gateway thingies from Linksys or D-Link or whoever, it really
    doesn't matter. However, most people like to give their machines a
    name, anyway, even if they don't have a domain to attach it to.

    You might want to get your own domain, in which case you control the
    names in it, or one can use dyndns.org or one of the similar sites to
    obtain a reversible hostname in a domain like homeip.net, even when
    using a dynamic IP.

    "Making stuff up" is ok, so long as you don't make stuff up that
    conflicts with properly configured names. Pretending to be a host in a
    domain you don't belong to is considered impolite at best, and if you
    have a local config problem than ends up generating errors or messages
    sent to the real host (think bounced mail), you will not thrill whoever
    it is that has to clean up the mess....

    --
    -Chuck

    Charles Guest

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    At 05:13 PM 3/31/2005, Tomas Quintero wrote:
     

    I would just add that on your internal network you may literally use any
    valid name. I have an office network and several of the boxes run apache,
    providing me with a web development environment. But I have a self made
    rule of not naming my websites anything which is legal on the WWW.

    Because you can create your own on your network, but the problem
    is that if you create thisnameisnotbeingused.com on your network, in the
    future that site may exist but you'll only see your own internal version.

    So my internal sites have domains like

    yoyomaplayscello
    raycharles
    nosoup4you-next

    and the like.

    Marty


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    Hello all,

    While we are on the topic, after the hostname and domain have been
    setup from the initial installation, how can they be changed? I went
    through the FreeBSD manual and some Google searching and did not come
    up with anything that made any sense. I assume there are files to be
    edited, probably under /etc. I am just not sure what all of them are.
    Any assistance (or reference to a site that will explain this to me)
    will be greatly appreciated (I am a newbie to UNIX and especially
    FreeBSD).

    Regards,

    Anthony

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    On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 10:26:13PM -0500, Anthony M. Agelastos wrote: 

    In /etc/rc.conf, the variable $hostname sets the machine's name at
    startup. Simply edit the value set here, and next time the machine
    starts up, the new hostname will be set.

    To change it in a running system without rebooting, use hostname(1):

    # hostname new.machine.name

    HTH

    Dan

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