What does ". neighborhood" do?
I've obtained numerous Ubuntu equipments on my network in the house, yet the DNS is given by a windows server (2K). When I ssh to them from an additional, if I ssh to them as "equipment" I can not connect, yet if I connect as "machine.local" I can connect.
I assume in a similar way, I can not connect from a windows customer (like putty).
What is taking place below? - it is plainly an Ubuntu point.
To repair your concern, you simply require Avahi. This introduces your Ubuntu equipment names to the Windows whole lot.
sudo apt-get install avahi-daemon
machinename.local functions many thanks to an additional execution of zeroconf (of which Avahi is additionally) called Bonjour, developed (IIRC) by Apple. It is mounted by default. I do not recognize why Avahi isn't additionally yet offered the complication it creates individuals, it possibly aught to be.
There is extra on this on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.local