How Do I find my DNS servers?

Domain Name Servers are responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. Hypothetically, when someone tries to visit any website like www.blahblahblah.com, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) then “calls” the DNS server with a query in the computer language, of course “where do I find www.blahblahblah.com?” the DNS server will then look up in its database and soon responds; “Find it at 198.145.214.6”. If you are using a static Internet Protocol (IP) address, chances are that you already know the DNS server address. On the other hand, if you are using a dynamic IP address and your LRP box is in working state, you may take the following steps to find the DNS Server:

Boot up the computer, log-in as root, go to the # prompt, and then type the cat /etc/resolv.conf

The results will turn up the domain suffix on the first row and the DNS IP on the second.

If for some reason the LRP box is malfunctioning and you are running Windows (95 or 98) which is using a cable/modem or DSL, follow the following steps:

  1. Go to the “Start” button, and then go to “Run”, and type “winipcfg”.
  2. Choose the appropriate “Network Adapter”.
  3. Then click on “More Info” button and there you shall find your primary DNS.

The following instructions may be used to find DNS server by those who are using Windows NT/2000/XP operating systems, and who are using a cable, modem or a DSL:

  1. Go to the “Start” button, click on the “Run” button, and then go to the command prompt by typing in there “cmd”.
  2. After c black screen opens, type in there “ipconfig /all”.
  3. And there you shall have your DNS servers for your location.

If on the other hand, if you are on Windows ME that is already using a cable, Modem or on DLS, this is how to find your DNS server location:

  1. Go to the “Start” button, go to “Run” and go to the command prompt once again.
  2. Type the following; “ipconfig /all”
  3. Press the space bar to move forward and your problem will have been solved.

Alternately, you may still locate your DNS server by this procedure.

  1. Go to the Control Panel and click on the domain Icon.
  2. If you have more than one domain, select the appropriate one from the domain list.
  3. The resulting window will show both the primary and secondary Domain Name Servers.

It has to be said though that, although you don’t have to be a nerd to follow the steps outlined above, some people would find the exercise of finding the DNS server to be a little complicated and even for them, there is still an alternative. If for some reason or out of curiosity they would just like to know, they need to call their ISP, who in most cases will be glad to help. That has to be the easiest way to find the DNS Server.

Additional Reading on Finding Your DNS Servers

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