Tim: >> I can plug a box into my network, give it the IP 192.168.1.6, but not >> bother to put any entries for it on the DNS server nor any hosts file. >> It'll still be useable on the network, but no other machine will be able >> to dig, host, or nslookup, it. And it won't be able to do some of those >> checks on itself. Being able to ping it would depend on its >> configuration. Aaron Konstam: > What you are saying is true except the machine should respond to its > own ip address. It is certainly responding when he tries to set up the > network. That depends on what you mean by "responding". dig, host, or nslookup *can* fail on a machine researching its own address. -- [[email protected] ~]$ uname -ipr 184.108.40.206-10.fc7 i686 i386 Using FC 4, 5, 6 & 7, plus CentOS 5. Today, it's FC7. Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored. I read messages from the public lists.