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DNS is an acronym for "Domain Name Service" (or System). DNS is basically an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. So for example, will translate into an IP address such as This is how domain names on the web are identified. Below we've provided links to a few excellent DNS tools. From generating a detailed DNS report about a specific domain name to tracing and identifying the domain name that is associated with a specific IP address, these DNS tools are a great free treasure trove for webmasters.

DNS Report
This site will provide you with a detailed DNS report your specified domain. Also, for domains that have DNS problems, this site will help you to identify these problems and fix them. A cool option that it also features is the "Mail Test" tool which will help identify any mail delivery problems that are specific to your domain.

DNS Stuff
A plethora of DNS tools all one one page. Includes - DNS Timing, WHOIS Lookup, WHOIS Search, IP Routing Lookup, IPWHOIS Lookup, Reverse DNS Lookup, Ping and more.

Reverse DNS Lookup
This free service converts an IP address to a host name by searching domain name service tables.

Tools to manage DNS
A listing of DNS-related tools with most being specific to Unix and MacOS X operating system, but a few being Perl scripts and thus are potentially cross-platform.

The links below are more specifically DNS-related information, that should be particularly useful to webmasters and web developers that do get involved in some site administration from time to time.

DNS for IIS Administrators
Topics include - Getting Started with DNS, Configuring Windows 2000 DNS, Creating Common Record Types and Verifying Your IIS Configuration.

How does a DNS server work?
WebMonkey.Com answers this question and covers a number of topics including a basic DNS history.

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