The nslookup works!
example@someserver:/etc/network$ nslookup www.aura.alta3.local
… but ping does NOT work:
example@someserver:/etc/network$ ping www.aura.alta3.local
ping: unknown host www.aura.alta3.local.
Cause: Your top level domain = “.local” and therefore Ubuntu is using “AVAHI” to use mDNS to do the DNS lookup rather than using a normal DNS query
Typical FIX: Edit /etc/nsswitch.conf
change this: hosts: files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4
to this: hosts: files dns
BETTER FIX: Edit /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf
Add this entry: domain-name=.alocal (or whatever, just not a top level domain that you intend to serve with a DNS server)
Here are the details: AVAHI