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Old 01-05-2011
Command last displays wrong hostname

I faced an interesting problem on my AIX servers. When I checked last logins with command last I saw that hostnames are wrong. Let say, I made login from workstation xxxxx and with the command last I saw:

root pts/2 yyyyy 5 jan 15:38 still logged in

Ping xxxxx and ping yyyyy from AIX server are correct, nslookup is correct as well.
# 2  
Old 01-05-2011
Have you tried reverse as well as forward DNS resolution on the names?
Some unix (I know HP-UX is one) keep both a (truncated) hostname and an IP address in the /etc/utmpx and will use one in preference to the other, and I have seen times when they dont match.
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Old 01-05-2011
The server name recorded will normally be the same as "Name:" from "nslookup" when run on the server keeping the records (in this case your AIX server). This can be different from the actual name of the client.


Afterthought: Maybe you have a duplicate IP address.
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Old 01-06-2011
I got one explanation for this problem. Revers zone on DNS Servers are not deleted. As a result records of old workstations remain in cache.
Thanks.
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