Access by hostname, not by IP address

  • 2.2.5-RELEASE (amd64)

    I am new to pfSense and networknig.

    We have Cisco NAS in VLAN1 (, and the host name is "cisco"

    From computers in VLAN1, they can access to the Cisco NAS by "\cisco" on Windows or "smb://cisco/" on Mac.

    However, from the other VLANs (ex., access by host name does not work. They have to type \\ or smb://

    I added the host name, domain and IP in "Host Overrides" under DNS Fowarder, but it did not work.

    Am I looking at different setting, or am I supposed to change anything else?

    Thank you.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Are you using the forwarder?  New versions of pfsense use the resolver by default.

    So if you setup a host override for cisco.yourdomain.tld then your clients using that dns should be able to hit smb://cisco.yourdomain.tld

    This is simple enough to verify with simple dns query.

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