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"Where" is the DNS server? #3057 22/12/02 05:31 PM
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I'm really confused as to how addresses are resolved into dotted IPs and vice versa. Is there like a big computer somewhere that stores all this information?

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Re: "Where" is the DNS server? #3058 23/12/02 10:09 AM
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In short; Yes there are big computers that store all that information. Usually your Internet provider has one (or a few) that knows all IP numbers and IP names of all systems and customers they have, and of most large 'number blocks' that are located elsewhere. Also there are huge central machines that know where to find more detailed information about all number blocks.

Main point; your PC automagically uses the DNS server(s) that your Internet provider has available and there is nothing you should worry about. If it works it works, and when it is broken there is nothing you can do to fix it. smirk

Re: "Where" is the DNS server? #3059 23/12/02 04:49 PM
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DNS server doesn't have to be a 'big computer' I ran a NS off of a 486Dx with 16MB of ram... thats prolly as far from a 'bit computer' as you can get ;P