> not sure i'm in the right group but here goes...
> i have a windows 2000 (professional) box networked with a red hat 9 box.
> the 2000 box is running IIS (as \\localhost , the default).
> by running samba i can see the windows box and directorie(s), but the
> reverse is not true.
> windows cannot see the linux box - it complains about duplicate server names
> (or something like that). i think it cannot resolve the two \\localhost 's
> on the network - one on red hat, the other on windows 2000 (IIS).
> any ideas on how to resolve this?
It is unlikely that the host name "localhost" is causing the problem.
Typically, every networked Linux and Windows machine has a host name
"localhost" that points to the local machine, 127.0.0.1. If you "ping
localhost" you are in fact pinging the machine ping was initiated from.
If you connect a web browser to localhost, you will be connecting to
the web server on the machine the web browser is on. Does that make sense?
So, get the IP address of the Windows machine and the IP address of the
Linux machine. Try connecting to the separte machines using the IP
addresses. Hopefully that will work. If it does that means your
networking is good and there is possibly a problem with your host names
or your are using the wrong host names.
By the by, what are the following:
- host name of the Windows machine
- host name of the Linux machine
- IP address of the Windows machine
- IP address of the Linux machine
If the IP addresses are not on a private LAN, please mask the IP
address, i.e.: if your public IP address is 126.96.36.199, send x.x.x.4.