I have a LAN with Windows 7 and Debian 8 hosts. The stations get IPs via the router/switch DHCP.
Everything goes fine if trying to connect or ping by their IP addresses, as it should be. The problem is when I try to ping or connect for different services using the hostname of the stations. There is no problem if the involved stations are the ones running Windows 7 only, but the connectivity among linux-linux, or linux-windows (also windows-linux), is not possible using hostnames.
I have installed the
samba package, as some linux forums advise to solve this same issue, but after rebooting, the situation doesn't change. I am not still able to connect via hostname.
The reason for using hostnames instead of IPs is that some of the stations are virtual machines [VMware] and I want to be able to clone and copy them without having to worry about dynamic IPs via DHCP. The potential number of stations is high.