SNM wrote:The ability to ping by computer name is functionality that Windows layers on top of DNS and TCP/IP; it's definitely not part of the protocol. I'm not sure exactly what the compatibility is with Macs trying to use stuff like this, though.
Just a guess, but have you tried connecting to Macs using the full nice name that is displays in the Sharing pref pane? Usually looks something like mac-mini.local.
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