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  1. #1

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    Jun 11, 2010
    Cant remote desktop by name to windows machines
    Hello all, I recently got a 15" Macbook Pro i7. Love the thing but have 1 issue, i cant Remote Desktop to my windows machines (Server 2008, Win 7 & XP) by name I can only reach them through their IP Address. I am using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Mac version

    I have disabled all the firewalls & antivirus software on all my machines. I still cant RDP from my mac to my windows machines using their name, only reachable through IP.

    I have no issues using RDP from windows to windows

    I have been trying to figure this out for the past few days, can anybody help me out!!!

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2009
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    Try either by FQDN, or if you're using netbios names, try name.local - so if the machine is called fredcomp try fredcomp.local - it doesn't work for *everyone* but for many it has.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jun 11, 2010
    thanks for the suggestion but still no luck

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jan 28, 2009
    if you can reach it by ip and not by name it's a DNS problem
    try adding it to the hosts file on the mac and then try again

    open terminal, and type

    sudo nano /etc/hosts/
    type your password and add it, save the file and then try connecting using the name

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jun 11, 2010
    HAHA i finally got it, i had to edit the host file. The command i used was sudo nano /private/etc/hosts then added my IP & pc name and RDP worked.

    Heres the how to i used:
    How to edit the hosts file in Mac OS X Leopard Decoding the Web

    thanks for the help guys!!!

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