To recap, we are a TMS client with the Altiris agent deployed to 11,000 servers, of which about 20% are UNIX.
We offer our clients a disaster recovery (DR) option, and with that, come the option of having a hot standby server ready to be flipped into production should the need arise.
The issue we came across involves how the server reports its' hostname and domain.
As we know, when the Altiris agent is installed, one process that takes place is the discovery of the hostname/domain on the node and then seeing if it already has a record in the NS database. If it matches, then it will pull down that guid and begin to report under that record. The hostname returns the result of the command 'hostname -s' which is the shortname. That returns all characters (up to a limit of 16) that occur before the first period .
The domain returned is the last two fields that occur before and after the last period.
For example, a server with this as the FQDN: '...