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VNC on LAN by name?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dirk Bruere at NeoPax, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Dirk Bruere at NeoPax

    Dirk Bruere at NeoPax Flightless Bird

  2. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    In news:7v2h84FsfgU1@mid.individual.net,
    Dirk Bruere at NeoPax <dirk.bruere@gmail.com> typed:

    > I need to do a VNC connection to a computer on the LAN.
    > It seems that VNC progs need an IP address.
    > Is there any way to do the connection using the name of the computer?


    Your DNS will resolve a name to the needed IP address if you have those
    relationships stated in

    C:/windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

    e.g.:

    ....
    192.168.1.14 machine1.example.com machine1
    192.168.1.20 machine7.example.com machine7
    ....

    This works if the machines have staticly-assigned IP addresses ... if
    they're using DHCP then the problem has a different solution, albeit a more
    complicated one.
     
  3. Dirk Bruere at NeoPax

    Dirk Bruere at NeoPax Flightless Bird

    On 01/03/2010 19:18, Greg Russell wrote:
    > In news:7v2h84FsfgU1@mid.individual.net,
    > Dirk Bruere at NeoPax<dirk.bruere@gmail.com> typed:
    >
    >> I need to do a VNC connection to a computer on the LAN.
    >> It seems that VNC progs need an IP address.
    >> Is there any way to do the connection using the name of the computer?

    >
    > Your DNS will resolve a name to the needed IP address if you have those
    > relationships stated in
    >
    > C:/windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    >
    > e.g.:
    >
    > ...
    > 192.168.1.14 machine1.example.com machine1
    > 192.168.1.20 machine7.example.com machine7
    > ...
    >
    > This works if the machines have staticly-assigned IP addresses ... if
    > they're using DHCP then the problem has a different solution, albeit a more
    > complicated one.


    DHCP - if the addresses were static there would still be a problem in
    using the IP number.
    I need something that the user can just type a name into eg "The Cooker"
    (to give a domestic embedded example). Having a domestic user typing in
    "192.168.3.34" is a no-no

    --
    Dirk

    http://www.transcendence.me.uk/ - Transcendence UK
    http://www.theconsensus.org/ - A UK political party
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onetribe - Occult Talk Show
     
  4. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    In news:7v2lohFocsU1@mid.individual.net,
    Dirk Bruere at NeoPax <dirk.bruere@gmail.com> typed:

    >>> I need to do a VNC connection to a computer on the LAN.
    >>> It seems that VNC progs need an IP address.
    >>> Is there any way to do the connection using the name of the
    >>> computer?

    >>
    >> Your DNS will resolve a name to the needed IP address if you have
    >> those relationships stated in
    >>
    >> C:/windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    >>
    >> e.g.:
    >>
    >> ...
    >> 192.168.1.14 machine1.example.com machine1
    >> 192.168.1.20 machine7.example.com machine7
    >> ...
    >>
    >> This works if the machines have staticly-assigned IP addresses ... if
    >> they're using DHCP then the problem has a different solution, albeit
    >> a more complicated one.

    >
    > DHCP - if the addresses were static there would still be a problem in
    > using the IP number.
    > I need something that the user can just type a name into eg "The
    > Cooker" (to give a domestic embedded example). Having a domestic user
    > typing in "192.168.3.34" is a no-no


    I gave you the solution above ... e.g. "ping machine1" will resolve that
    name to the necessary IP address and complete the command. It's no different
    with VNC, telnet, or any other command ... your DNS needs to resolve the
    name to an address, and for a LAN, the "hosts" file is how it's done.

    If you won't follow simple directions then don't ask for help.
     
  5. Dirk Bruere at NeoPax

    Dirk Bruere at NeoPax Flightless Bird

    On 01/03/2010 21:11, Greg Russell wrote:
    > In news:7v2lohFocsU1@mid.individual.net,
    > Dirk Bruere at NeoPax<dirk.bruere@gmail.com> typed:
    >
    >>>> I need to do a VNC connection to a computer on the LAN.
    >>>> It seems that VNC progs need an IP address.
    >>>> Is there any way to do the connection using the name of the
    >>>> computer?
    >>>
    >>> Your DNS will resolve a name to the needed IP address if you have
    >>> those relationships stated in
    >>>
    >>> C:/windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    >>>
    >>> e.g.:
    >>>
    >>> ...
    >>> 192.168.1.14 machine1.example.com machine1
    >>> 192.168.1.20 machine7.example.com machine7
    >>> ...
    >>>
    >>> This works if the machines have staticly-assigned IP addresses ... if
    >>> they're using DHCP then the problem has a different solution, albeit
    >>> a more complicated one.

    >>
    >> DHCP - if the addresses were static there would still be a problem in
    >> using the IP number.
    >> I need something that the user can just type a name into eg "The
    >> Cooker" (to give a domestic embedded example). Having a domestic user
    >> typing in "192.168.3.34" is a no-no

    >
    > I gave you the solution above ... e.g. "ping machine1" will resolve that
    > name to the necessary IP address and complete the command. It's no different
    > with VNC, telnet, or any other command ... your DNS needs to resolve the
    > name to an address, and for a LAN, the "hosts" file is how it's done.
    >
    > If you won't follow simple directions then don't ask for help.


    Maybe you don't understand what I am asking.
    I want a prog that will remotely view the desktop of a machine on the
    LAN. The sole action of the user is to be the entry of the name of the
    machine into the program. No pulling up run command and doing ping and
    then copying etc. Single action.

    --
    Dirk

    http://www.transcendence.me.uk/ - Transcendence UK
    http://www.theconsensus.org/ - A UK political party
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onetribe - Occult Talk Show
     
  6. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    In news:7v2rjkFph7U1@mid.individual.net,
    Dirk Bruere at NeoPax <dirk.bruere@gmail.com> typed:
    > On 01/03/2010 21:11, Greg Russell wrote:
    >> In news:7v2lohFocsU1@mid.individual.net,
    >> Dirk Bruere at NeoPax<dirk.bruere@gmail.com> typed:
    >>
    >>>>> I need to do a VNC connection to a computer on the LAN.
    >>>>> It seems that VNC progs need an IP address.
    >>>>> Is there any way to do the connection using the name of the
    >>>>> computer?
    >>>>
    >>>> Your DNS will resolve a name to the needed IP address if you have
    >>>> those relationships stated in
    >>>>
    >>>> C:/windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    >>>>
    >>>> e.g.:
    >>>>
    >>>> ...
    >>>> 192.168.1.14 machine1.example.com machine1
    >>>> 192.168.1.20 machine7.example.com machine7
    >>>> ...
    >>>>
    >>>> This works if the machines have staticly-assigned IP addresses ...
    >>>> if they're using DHCP then the problem has a different solution,
    >>>> albeit a more complicated one.
    >>>
    >>> DHCP - if the addresses were static there would still be a problem
    >>> in using the IP number.
    >>> I need something that the user can just type a name into eg "The
    >>> Cooker" (to give a domestic embedded example). Having a domestic
    >>> user typing in "192.168.3.34" is a no-no

    >>
    >> I gave you the solution above ... e.g. "ping machine1" will resolve
    >> that name to the necessary IP address and complete the command. It's
    >> no different with VNC, telnet, or any other command ... your DNS
    >> needs to resolve the name to an address, and for a LAN, the "hosts"
    >> file is how it's done.
    >>
    >> If you won't follow simple directions then don't ask for help.

    >
    > Maybe you don't understand what I am asking.
    > I want a prog that will remotely view the desktop of a machine on the
    > LAN. The sole action of the user is to be the entry of the name of the
    > machine into the program. No pulling up run command and doing ping and
    > then copying etc. Single action.


    I understand perfectly what you're asking. You want a VNC connection without
    entering an IP address, only a machine name, e.g. "vncviewer machine1".

    I've provided the simplest instructions for doing so that even a moron could
    understand. You won't be able to achive what you want without following the
    directions.

    Good luck, and good-bye ... you sound completely hopeless.
     
  7. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    > I need to do a VNC connection to a computer on the LAN.
    > It seems that VNC progs need an IP address.
    > Is there any way to do the connection using the name of the computer?
    >


    I think you mean using the host name/machine name with VNC Viewer !?

    Why do you ask ?

    Do you get something like that :

    VNC Viewer : Error
    ---------------------------
    unable to resolve host by name: No such host is known. (11001) ?

    Then it's likely that the Windows Firewall stands in the way.

    As the realVNC server installs itself as a service, XP never asks the
    user if it should punch a hole in the firewall for it. Therefore, you
    must do it manually.

    1. Click Start
    2. Click Control Panel
    3. In the classic view, select Windows Firewall
    4. Under the exceptions tab, click Add Port button
    5. Name it RealVNC
    6. Port Number is 5900 (or 5800 if you use a browser)
    7. Select TCP
    8. If you only use VNC over your local network, you should press
    the Change Scope button and select the My Network (subnet) only
    9. Press OK until you are out of the firewall panel

    Bernd
     
  8. Dirk Bruere at NeoPax

    Dirk Bruere at NeoPax Flightless Bird

    On 01/03/2010 22:31, Bernd wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > -------- Original-Nachricht --------
    >
    >> I need to do a VNC connection to a computer on the LAN.
    >> It seems that VNC progs need an IP address.
    >> Is there any way to do the connection using the name of the computer?
    >>

    >
    > I think you mean using the host name/machine name with VNC Viewer !?
    >
    > Why do you ask ?
    >
    > Do you get something like that :
    >
    > VNC Viewer : Error
    > ---------------------------
    > unable to resolve host by name: No such host is known. (11001) ?
    >
    > Then it's likely that the Windows Firewall stands in the way.
    >
    > As the realVNC server installs itself as a service, XP never asks the
    > user if it should punch a hole in the firewall for it. Therefore, you
    > must do it manually.
    >
    > 1. Click Start
    > 2. Click Control Panel
    > 3. In the classic view, select Windows Firewall
    > 4. Under the exceptions tab, click Add Port button
    > 5. Name it RealVNC
    > 6. Port Number is 5900 (or 5800 if you use a browser)
    > 7. Select TCP
    > 8. If you only use VNC over your local network, you should press the
    > Change Scope button and select the My Network (subnet) only
    > 9. Press OK until you are out of the firewall panel
    >
    > Bernd
    >


    Firewall!
    Problem solved.

    --
    Dirk

    http://www.transcendence.me.uk/ - Transcendence UK
    http://www.theconsensus.org/ - A UK political party
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onetribe - Occult Talk Show
     

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