#StackBounty: #windows #ubuntu #dnsmasq How to setup dnsmasq on Ubuntu 18.04 to allow windows clients to find hosts without trailing dot

Bounty: 50

I’ve got dnsmasq setup on Ubuntu 18.04. Its working fine and everything seems to be going swimmingly.

What I want is for all of the Windows hosts on my network that use the DNS server to be able to ping another host without a trailing .

For instance:

C:UsersAlex>ping computer1.

Pinging computer1 [10.0.3.50] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 10.0.3.50: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from 10.0.3.50: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=127
Reply from 10.0.3.50: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=127
Reply from 10.0.3.50: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=127

Ping statistics for 10.0.3.50:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 1ms, Average = 0ms

C:UsersAlex>ping computer1
Ping request could not find host computer1. Please check the name and try again.

I realize this is somewhat silly but we have a lot of mapped drives on a lot of computers and I really don’t want to have to teach everyone and then have them do a remap of everything just to add the dot.

Some of the machines are on different VLANs, so I have setup dnsmasq with the hosts file that point to the right IP.

If I ping computer. it works.

If I ping computer.lan it works cause I setup the local domain to be .lan.

But if I ping computer I get nothing.

This is on Windows and Linux machines.


Get this bounty!!!

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