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So what do you do if you need to communicate with, say, office365, gmail,
cloud based web services etc?

There are a lot of sockets applications out there that would require the
DNS is set up correctly. If you use host table entries for these, you're
just asking for trouble.

On Sun, Mar 12, 2023 at 6:54 PM Gavin Inman <midrangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I'm the exception to the rule. We live for our internal Host table

We connect to over 50 unique networks and there is no central DNS. We
use a huge NAT server. Oh, and these networks could cutover to a backup
network at any given time, which changes the IP's of all the printers
and devices for that one network. (Yes, users experience a drop out, but
they can log back in immediately) We use our host table to track the
printer IP's and our DEVD's for the printer are based off of name. We
have a job that monitors the network and if it cuts to backup, it will
change all the printer host table entries for that network to the
alternate IP using CHGTCPHTE.

Gavin Inman

On 3/12/2023 12:34 PM, Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis wrote:
This might be the end-all to having people use hard coded IP addresses
for their IBM i servers!! This way, IBM i's IP address will change,
not often, but it WILL change at some point. Those using DNS won't know,
or care. Those using a fixed IP address won't know either, BUT they will
eventually care as they will be stuck!!

Must ponder.

On 3/12/2023 10:45 AM, Marc Rauzier wrote:
Le 12/03/2023 à 15:17, Rob Berendt a écrit :
When we do a switch from our system at xx.10.xx.xx to our system at
xx.27.xx.xx we have API's on our IBM i automatically update that DNS to
change the entry.

Just curious: did you investigate using DNS dynamic update in
conjunction with setting up IBM i IP address as provided by a DHCP


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