I've setup a Linux Red Hat server and would like to use it by referring to its hostname instead of the static IP.

eg. ssh admin@myhostname.blah.di.blah, instead of ssh admin@XX.XXX.XX.XXX

but I get a message:

ssh: Could not resolve hostname myhostname Name or service not known.


If I do a nslookup from a windows client I get this such that it can detect the IP but I see dhcp-IP instead of my set hostname:

Server:  UnKnown
Address:  1903:ad:8s10::fd
Name:    dhcp-xx-xxx-xx-xxx.blah.di.blah
Address:  xx.xxx.xx.xxx

As per several other stackoverflow posts, I set the hostname in:




I made the changes and did a dhclient -r followed by dhclient eth0 but no luck.

Also, my /etc/hosts file looks like this:  localhost localhost.localdomain
xx.xxx.xx.xxx myhostname.blah.di.blah
  • Did you add the hostname to your /etc/hosts file? – ryekayo Dec 11 '15 at 15:30
  • Yes, I had: localhost localhost.localdomain xx.xxx.xx.xxx myhostname.blah.di.blah.. updated description to include this. – L P Dec 11 '15 at 15:44
  • Ok.. what happens when you ping the domain? – ryekayo Dec 11 '15 at 15:45
  • When I ping IP - I get the correct response, pinging domain returns ping: unknown host myhostname.blah.di.blah – L P Dec 11 '15 at 15:46
  • Ok one last thing you can try is changing your ~/.ssh/config file to associate the IP address with the host.. This is definitely a DNS problem... – ryekayo Dec 11 '15 at 15:47

If you are trying to reach the system by hostname from another system, it will not work. You will need to either set up a DNS server on your network and add these entries, or manually add the hostname to the hosts file of the remote system you are using.

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