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I am unable to ping google or my personal server. I suspect this is also why I have issues connecting to my server using smb. Here is the output:

[~]$ ping   
ping: cannot resolve Unknown host 

I'm not really even sure where to start with this - any help is appreciated.

screenshot here:

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please post the output from pinging your smb server also. – BigHomie Feb 2 '13 at 22:24
Are you on the same LAN as the smb server? – cpast Feb 2 '13 at 22:51
cpast no it's a vps – slowBear Feb 2 '13 at 22:52
Did SMB used to work, or did it never work? Does it work on other computers? – cpast Feb 2 '13 at 22:56
cpast yea it works when I'm at work so I think maybe it has something to do with either this machine or my network here :/ – slowBear Feb 2 '13 at 22:58
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Don't put the http:// in there. Just do ping

The http:// just identifies a protocol: essentially, how your computer should talk to the one at Specifically, it says "I want to see a website" (pretty much). But ping just needs to know what computer to try to talk to in the first place. That's the bit - it gets translated into an IP address, and ping sends packets to that IP.

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Thanks cpast - looks like that solved the ping issue. I'm able to ping both my server as well as google now. Any idea why I wouldn't be able to connect via smb to my personal server? – slowBear Feb 2 '13 at 22:48

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