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I've got some Linux servers on my home network that I access via "hostname.local", however when using a Windows machine they can't seem to resolve this unless I go via IP address.

How do I make it so my windows machine can resolve hostname.local addresses? I know how to edit C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts but surely there's got to be some automatic way to make Windows just find these machines?

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How do you make this work on the Linux machines? (Because you want to use the same method on the Windows machines.) Do you configure it on each machine? Or do you have a local DNS server that resolves them for you? – David Schwartz Oct 23 '12 at 18:42
@DavidSchwartz Ubuntu comes with avahi out of the box so they can resolve each other just fine with no configuration from me. – Jorge Castro Oct 23 '12 at 18:45
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Usually .local names are resolved using mDNS – the Linux servers probably run Avahi, and for Windows there is Apple's own Bonjour.

An older version of Bonjour (v2.0) is available under the name of Bonjour Print Services.

The latest version (v3) cannot be officially downloaded separately, but only as part of iTunes – although it is fairly easy to extract Bonjour64.msi from the iTunes installer.

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Don't even need to reboot after installing the msi! – Gerald Kaszuba Dec 31 '12 at 23:15
latest version now is 3.0.10 – user528025 Jan 24 '13 at 11:45
I'm not going to update the answer for minor releases. You can extract the latest version from iTunes.msi by using msiexec /a iTunes.msi TARGETPATH=iTunes.out. – grawity Jan 24 '13 at 12:36
Installer is an exe now but you can extract it with WinRAR. – Snow Blind Sep 14 '13 at 21:33
You can also extract it from the exe installer using 7zip, etc. – Kevin Horn Sep 5 '14 at 3:11

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