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    Question HP PCM vs. DNS

    Hi folks,

    Anyone experienced with PCM?

    I'm trying to get our switches to list with DNS names. Oddly all our WAPs list with DNS names, even though none are assigned! PCM seems to be using the system name from the WAP's setup.

    I have added names into DNS in both forward and reverse lookup zones, yet PCM has not populated.

    Anyone know how to do this?

    TIA

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    Good question.
    Have you set the switches host name and system name properties? Are the switches configured to use DNS for name resolution? Remember PCM is just a management front end to the switches themselves.

    If not, you can push out something like ip dns server-address to all the switches via PCM's Config Manager --> CLI wizard for DNS and, likewise with the hostname and sysname commands for those settings but obviously those will need to be on a 'per device' basis.
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    There doesn't appear to be any place in the switch properties to set a host name.

    But, I set the names in the forward lookup (reverse lookup populated automatically), I reinstalled PCM (I couldn't figure out how to get it to rediscover), and they're all now showing with names. Sorted!

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    Glad you solved it Gongalong - you can log onto each switch via the command line and issue commands to configure any aspect of the switch, and that's what I was talking about - hostname and sysname are commands in that environment.

    You can send commands of this kind to one or more switch in ProCurve Manager by selecting the switch(es) via the devices list, and using the CLI menu option, or you can log onto the switch via a SSH or Telnet connection (one or both of these must have been configured or else PCM wouldn't work).
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    I've not configured switches before. One day I guess I'll have to!

    I did see something on an HP forum that some switches don't have hostname value, which was related to this PCM naming problem.

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