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XP DNS problems

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We are experiencing unknown DNS? issues affecting only XP machines on our network. Name lookups from the command prompt succeed despite the fact that web browsers and pings are failing when hostnames are specified. The issue often resolves itself within a 5-30 minutes but will remerge later without any visible pattern/reason.

Our 2000 and 98 machines are fine. These problem began a week ago here though contact with other admins in our (school) network show a few people have been experiencing this problem for months.

Any ideas or recent malware affecting DNS in XP boxes only?

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no, but since you have a mixed network, and somethings are working and some not, I need to know more about the network topology

AD? Windows nt, 2000 or 2003 server? WINS active? Server have static or dhcp IPs?

In a mixed network, well, most networks, it's always a good idea to statically assign server IPs rather than dhcp....even if the server is the dhcp server.
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especially if the server is the dhcp server
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