Today I needed to know the machine name for the machine hosting the pre-live intranet site. To do this with out bothering the network guys was simple.
Step 1: ping the url
e.g. ping pre-stage.acme.com
and you will get this sort of output
Reply from 10.12.156.35: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=61
Step 2: Next take the IP address and get the machine name using nslookup
e.g. nslookup 10.12.156.35
this will give
Address : 10.12.156.35
Where in my organisation mx43 is the machine name. Job done without any moaning from the network team.