Comment 27 for bug 94940

Jan Claeys (janc) wrote :

Aaron, .local is the proposed reserved top-level domain (TLD) for link-local addresses, to be queried by mDNS (multicast DNS) instead of "normal" DNS. AFAIK currently this is a draft which is scheduled to become an IETF RFC: http://files.multicastdns.org/draft-cheshire-dnsext-multicastdns.txt

Either don't use Avahi (which implements mDNS/DNS-SD), or use another TLD for your vmware instances. But remember that any Apple computer will have Bonjour (the original implementation of mDNS/DNS-SD) running, causing the same problems as long as you use .local for other purposes.

(Another solution might be to announce the vmware instances through mDNS of course.)