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Noob networking question - why does \\DESKTOP\pubshare\readthis.txt not work but \\\pubshare\readthis.txt work just fine?

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Old July 13th 18, 12:45 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
Char Jackson
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Default Noob networking question - why does \\DESKTOP\pubshare\readthis.txt not work but \\\pubshare\readthis.txt work just fine?

On Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:11:02 -0000 (UTC), Arlen Holder

On DESKTOP: (which is the machine that isn't sharing its netBIOS name)
C:\ nslookup
Default Server: google-public-dns-a.google.com
On TOPDESK: (which is the machine that is not seeing the netBIOS name)
C:\ nslookup
Default Sserver: UnKnown

When you run that command on your typical home network, which type of
response do you see?

nslookup is the ultralite cousin of dig, a much more powerful DNS query
command available for Windows, Linux, and possibly others. Having said
that, when you run nslookup without any arguments you place it into its
interactive mode. It prints the default DNS server info and then waits
for you to issue an actual DNS query.

You can override the default DNS server for one or more DNS queries by
simply specifying a different DNS server, like so:

prompt nslookup
# puts the nslookup program into interactive mode, waiting for
additional instructions.

prompt server
# tells nslookup to use as the authoritative DNS server for all
subsequent DNS queries, until you either set a new DNS server or you
exit the nslookup program with Ctrl-c. Specifying a DNS server here has
no effect on your Windows configuration. You're simply telling nslookup
to use a non-default server for its name resolutions.

prompt www.msn.com
# still in nslookup's interactive mode, entering a fully qualified
domain name (FQDN) tells nslookup to use the previously specified DNS
server to resolve the hostname into an IP address. nslookup performs the
query and prints the results.

prompt Ctrl-c
# press and hold the control key, press the c key, release both keys
# this exits the nslookup interactive mode and returns you to the
Command Prompt


Since you seem to be using nslookup to display your default DNS server,
there are other ways to do that that are arguably more direct, such as
parsing the output of "ipconfig /all", but nslookup works also.

As I think you surmised in later posts, what you're seeing above is
simply the fact that one PC is configured to use as its DNS
server while the other points at your device, which most
likely acts as a DNS Forwarder. Those settings have nothing to do with
your stated issue.


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