A domain name is a string that defines a realm of authority on the Internet, generally representing an Internet Protocol resource.

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What is 1e100.net and why do I have TCP ports open to it?

I see my PC has TCP connections open to 1e100.net. Looking at the content this seems to be a Chinese site and I immediately feared the worst re viruses/malware. Then I checked the whois record and ...
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What is the purpose of the WWW subdomain?

What's the point of having www.? Isn't it just useless extra text? Since everyone is used to it, www.google.com looks more well-balanced than google.com, but why did it start in the first place? One ...
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Difference between host name and domain name

What's the difference between Hostname and Domain name? especially in regards to NIC Could someone please elaborate with examples as this concept is a little confusing
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How To Resolve IP Addresses To Domain Names?

I know it is possible to resolve IP addresses to host names but can IPs be resolved to domain names?
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How can I check if a domain uses DNSSEC?

DNSSEC has been deployed on some topdomains now. But how could I see if a site/domain is using DNSSEC? Is it shown in the browser? or is there any windows or linux command to see it? or a tool for it? ...
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Can't set “example.com” as a CNAME record?

I'm currently running a server at home, but I have a dynamic IP. So I subscribed to a dynamic dns service(dlinkddns.com). I made all the correct settings in my own network, and the ip updates ...
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Will IE, Firefox, and Chrome be unicode domain compatible

Since there will soon be Hebrew domain names, I'm wondering if the major browsers already have support for this built in, or whether we'll have to wait for a future release to visit our favorite ...
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How to choose a sensible local domain name for a home network?

Is there any convention on possible naming for local domain names (like .local), apart from not using any possible or existing top-level domain? Wikipedia says that .local conflicts with zeroconf ...
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What are Dashworlds.com domain names

I have just seen Dash Worlds Domain Names and I was wondering how do they work. They claim that you can register a free domain like example-com (not example.com) and then you download a plugin that ...
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Why is whois data not available for some sites?

I am trying to check the whois details for a site uq.oz.au and not able to find any data. I have tried multiple whois engines. Could someone let me know why this is the case? Shouldn't registration ...
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What would happen if I set up a host named 'com' on a local network?

According to Wikipedia, fully qualified host names end with a trailing period. Jonathan de Boyne-Pollard writes in No, that dot in the domain name of the URL is not a mistake (emphasis mine): ...
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Is there any reverse whois service? [closed]

Can I get a list of all registered domains for a specific person/company?
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Purpose of LAN Domain?

What is the purpose of creating a domain name for your LAN? I'm using DD-WRT on my router and assigned local.moofz.com as the LAN domain. I setup Apache HTTP servers on two of the computers on my LAN ...
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Sending email from domain name address

hey, I've just bought a domain name and would like to send emails from blah@mydomain.com. I can use an alias from my hotmail/gmail account, but the recipient sometimes sees it as "my@hotmail.com on ...
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Windows 7 Network cannot resolve domain name but can access via IP

I have computers in a network, and I see the computer names in the "network". Double clicking them says that Windows cannot connect. However, if I ping the computer names I get a connection, and ...
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Any way to search for new domain names privately? [closed]

Is there any way to look up the availability of a domain name without risking it being reserved or registered by someone else who is snooping domain name look ups?
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How do I set up a domain-like hostname on IRC?

I own a domain name, and a virtual private server. On that server I've installed ZNC as a bouncer for my IRC connection, and when connected through it the hostname is just a random hash of letters ...
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Change the IP address to a domain name

is there a way to change our website address into a domain name. E.g - I am creating a intranet and just copying the server IP and port everywhere to open the web page. It looks odd to copy pasting ...
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I'm considering buying a domain [closed]

I am not asking for shopping recommendations, however! I was planning on getting a .com domain, but unfortuately the domain that I wanted is not available in a .com. However, it is available in a ...
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Confusion in knowing the actual meaning of domain

I'm confused in the actual meaning of domain. Is the domain mean any web page address like "superuser.com" or its actual meaning is the name of network which provides internet connection. Thank you. ...
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IP address loads faster than domain name

I just signed up for a cloud server in Singapore. I myself am in Indonesia. I've got the domain name setup and everything. When I ping my IP address versus ping my domain name, the results are about ...
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Who controls the DNS servers? [closed]

DNS Servers are the servers that "translate" IP addresses into human readable names. How many are they? Who controls them?
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How to stop firefox from mangling domain names?

When I type in http://example/ firefox rewites the url to http://www.example.com/. Is there any way to fix this behavior without recompiling firefox? I suspect something in about:config will help, ...
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DNS record types: URL, CURL, HINFO, MBOXFW

When setting the DNS for a domain name I normally use A, CNAME, and MX. NS is set automatically. There is TXT, which is just an info field for custom values like SPF. Wikipedia has the following ...
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What is a Dedicated IP? [closed]

I am trying to purchase a domain name that I want and the person says that it's expensive because it comes with a IP address. I have never heard of this. What exactly is a dedicated IP? What are ...
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What do I need to know before buying a domain from an individual seller? [closed]

What steps do I need to take in order to ensure a successful transaction and protect myself from getting scammed?
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How do I redirect a domain to another domain locally?

My /etc/hosts file looks like this: 127.0.0.1 localhost 10.20.7.67 testsitealpha.dev othersite.dev testsitebeta.dev The first two work. The last one doesn't. Why not? How do I make it ...
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How do I force my MX record to update?

I own a domain name and have been using it for email, hosted through a friend's company, for the past years or so. I'm attempting to switch over to Google's hosting (Google Apps for your Domain) and ...
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Create domain name

How can I create a domain name for local purposes? for example I have a local web application enviroment in http://localhost:8000 but I would like to have it in http://dev instead. I am using ...
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What web browsers support non-latin hostnames 'out of the box'?

With ICANN approving the first full Internationalised Domain Names for non-latin scripts such as Arabic, Cyrillic, Chinese, etc do all browsers support these character sets out of the box?
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Apache james email server on EC2 (domain name mapping)

I have Amazon EC2 (windows) instance which hosts Tomcat & Apache James mail server. James works fine on EC2 locally (I have created a domain and updated etc/hosts file to mimic domain. Using ...
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Make IP Address point to webroot instead of virtual hosts' documentroot

I used to have a one-to-one domain name and IP. Recently I've paid for a second domain name and decided to host it on the same box and IP. As such, I added virtualhosts to point each domain name to a ...
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Internal/External Moodle - DNS

Network diagram: I have a moodle (a VLE) setup that I want to be internally and externally accessible. The green route on the diagram below is the route I would like the traffic to take when the ...
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I can't access this website from home, but I can from everywhere else

I think there's something wrong DNS-wise on my side. I'm trying to visit this site: http://goko.com/Dominion/gameClient.html However, I'm getting DNS errors. If I try using the IP of the website: ...
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Can we use port numbers at Domain registrar in domain name

I was just thinking it would be good to have port numbers with domain name at domain registrars. For example if I have my site running at port 8000 I mean http://ipaddress:800 then in domain name if ...
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Is 'localhost' considered fully qualified?

In the absence of a domain name, is the name localhost considered fully qualified? Or is localhost always considered unqualified? $ hostname --fqdn debian-q500 $ ping debian-q500 PING debian-q500 ...
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About reserved domains name

According to this wikipedia article Followings are reserved domains: example: reserved for use in examples invalid: reserved for use in obviously invalid domain names localhost: reserved to avoid ...
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Access to the .co Zone File?

Not sure if SuperUser is the right place to ask this, feel free to move accordingly. I've been looking for how/where to get access to the complete .co zone file, but so far I only found a couple of ...
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With Windows 7 how to access a network with an other domain name?

I want to access my company's internal network from my home (on a PC running WIndows 7). I received configuration details to use with OpenVPN and connected successfully (according to OpenVPN log). I ...
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How to point a domain name from Name.com to my home web server?

I have a fully working home web server on Fedora 15 at http://24.109.247.176/ I want to have my domain which is on Name.com to be used for my home web server. How can I accomplish this?
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IDN-aware Windows command line WHOIS utility

I use Mark Russinovich's excellent whois.exe to perform WHOIS queries from the command prompt in Microsoft Windows. This works very well, but it does not handle IDNs. For instance, if I try to check ...
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How do I get gmail on my own domain? [closed]

I have my own domain registered and the MX records targeting my own server. Having setup some smtp software, I have my own mail service. Since I rather have gmail, I was wondering how I can get the ...
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Forwarding from one domain to another

my blog is running http://nooranibakerally-noor.rhcloud.com/ on openshift. I've bought a domain on godaddy as nooranibakerally.net. Now, I want to forward all request from ...
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DNS forwarding settings: Can I use a DNS name server as target of A entry?

I have a site hosted on Webhostingpad and my domain is registered on Godaddy. In my account at Godaddy I have it set to use the Webhostingpad name servers: NS1.WEBHOSTINGPAD.COM and ...
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Does it make a difference if I specify IP or domain name with a local server?

I have a computer in my house set up at, say <domname>.dyndns.org, it also has a local IP of 192.168.1.101. Is it consistently faster to use <domname>.dyndns.org or the IP for SSH (when ...
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Add Sabnzbd to a subdomain of a website

I have a Windows Home Server 2011 set up that runs my various Usenet/Torrent program webUIs. What I'd like to know is whether or not I can use a domain name to allow me to access them when I am away ...
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Unexpected DNS entries returned

I'm having been getting a weird DNS response recently. If I ping any unresolved DNS (without tld, I.e. abc instead of abc.com), it will return the IP 72.167.34.97. If I would do it in the browser, it ...
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Which is better videos subdomain name: video.example.com or videos.example.com? [closed]

Going to develop a video site as a subdomain. Which is a better option. videos.example.com or video.example.com I will further go for subdomains like images/image, answers/answer, ...
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Why do prices between domain registrars differ so much? [closed]

I've registered a .gl (Greenland) domain a while ago. My current registrar offers this domain for $126/year. I've looked around a bit today and found the following prices for the exact same domain ...
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Is a DNS allowed to reply with different IP than the one stated at the records in the domain name registrar?

Is a DNS allowed to reply with a different IP than the one stated at the records in the domain name registrar? I am especially interested in the case where the DNS is provided by an ISP.