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How do I find out who has my DNS name? I registered my domain name with a webspace account. I then terminated my webspace account and this company claims they leave my domain name active. How do I find out who has my domain name so I can transfer it to my new IP?
 

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You need to get on an NT based machine - NT, 2K, or XP. Then from a command line, type: NSLOOKUP

This will take you into the Name Server Lookup utility.

Then, set the debugging by typing:
set debug
set d2

Then, you are able to put in a domain name and find out all about it, DNS wise. What you're looking for are the AUTHORITY RECORDS near the bottom.

Alternatively, you could surf on over to http://www.arin.net and lookup the domain name to find out who it's registered to. Note, this may lead you to another name service where you might need to do a whois lookup again to "drill down" to the info you want.

example:

> set debug
> set d2
> www.techsupportforum.com
Server: chrlnc-dns-cac-03.carolina.rr.com
Address: 24.93.68.63

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SendRequest(), len 58
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 9, rcode = NOERROR
header flags: query, want recursion
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 0, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.techsupportforum.com.carolina.rr.com, type = A, class = IN

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Got answer (121 bytes):
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 9, rcode = NXDOMAIN
header flags: response, want recursion, recursion avail.
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 1, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.techsupportforum.com.carolina.rr.com, type = A, class = IN
AUTHORITY RECORDS:
-> carolina.rr.com
type = SOA, class = IN, dlen = 51
ttl = 3555 (59 mins 15 secs)
primary name server = dns-pri-01.southeast.rr.com
responsible mail addr = rradm.southeast.rr.com
serial = 2003043001
refresh = 3600 (1 hour)
retry = 600 (10 mins)
expire = 604800 (7 days)
default TTL = 3600 (1 hour)

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SendRequest(), len 49
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 10, rcode = NOERROR
header flags: query, want recursion
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 0, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.techsupportforum.com.rr.com, type = A, class = IN

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Got answer (96 bytes):
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 10, rcode = NXDOMAIN
header flags: response, want recursion, recursion avail.
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 1, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.techsupportforum.com.rr.com, type = A, class = IN
AUTHORITY RECORDS:
-> rr.com
type = SOA, class = IN, dlen = 35
ttl = 3555 (59 mins 15 secs)
primary name server = dns1.rr.com
responsible mail addr = abuse.rr.com
serial = 2003042901
refresh = 10800 (3 hours)
retry = 3600 (1 hour)
expire = 604800 (7 days)
default TTL = 3600 (1 hour)

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SendRequest(), len 42
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 11, rcode = NOERROR
header flags: query, want recursion
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 0, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.techsupportforum.com, type = A, class = IN

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Got answer (150 bytes):
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 11, rcode = NOERROR
header flags: response, want recursion, recursion avail.
questions = 1, answers = 2, authority records = 2, additional = 2

QUESTIONS:
www.techsupportforum.com, type = A, class = IN
ANSWERS:
-> www.techsupportforum.com
type = CNAME, class = IN, dlen = 2
canonical name = techsupportforum.com
ttl = 14280 (3 hours 58 mins)
-> techsupportforum.com
type = A, class = IN, dlen = 4
internet address = 209.151.83.136
ttl = 14280 (3 hours 58 mins)
AUTHORITY RECORDS:
-> techsupportforum.com
type = NS, class = IN, dlen = 15
nameserver = ns38.vosn.net
ttl = 14280 (3 hours 58 mins)
-> techsupportforum.com
type = NS, class = IN, dlen = 7
nameserver = ns37.vosn.net
ttl = 14280 (3 hours 58 mins)
ADDITIONAL RECORDS:
-> ns37.vosn.net
type = A, class = IN, dlen = 4
internet address = 209.151.83.128
ttl = 14279 (3 hours 57 mins 59 secs)
-> ns38.vosn.net
type = A, class = IN, dlen = 4
internet address = 209.151.83.129
ttl = 14279 (3 hours 57 mins 59 secs)

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Non-authoritative answer:
Name: techsupportforum.com
Address: 209.151.83.136
Aliases: www.techsupportforum.com
 

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Does this require that a page be tied to that domain? I tried nslookup and it said that it don't exist, but all the sites where I register domains recognise its presence.
 

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The purpose of DNS is to resolve names to IP addresses. If you're on the internet, it's usually webservers linked to domain names. So, when you create a website, you have to register your name. You register it in a Top Level Domain (TLD) such as .com or .net or .org. If you run your own network, then you've acquired a block of IP addresses from an internet authority and you can run your own DNS server. So, if you run mydomain.com you will have this name registered to the .com TLD and you can have a couple webservers that are authoritative for your domain.

Then, when someone wants to find your domain, they go through the DNS structure until someone knows (has cached) your domain name. They will resolve the name to an IP address for the requestor.

The requestor will then send out HTTP get packets with a destination address of the IP address which they just resolved. The requestor must rely on the infrastructure of the internet and its routing protocols to get the request to the destination.

Then, the web service has to be running and listening on the requested port - 80 by default.

If you got a name registered and you have someone hosting your webserver, then the name resolves to THEIR IP address.

What are the web addresses you're looking for?
 

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I'm trying to nab and redirect my old domain name "www.lectraplayer.com ". I shortly (one month) dropped my web server because they were taking me to the cleaners. I just signed up for a better web server and would like to point www.lectraplayer.com to it. That's why I need to know if the name has to be tied to an active server now for me to redirect it.:winkgrin:
 

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As far as I can tell, it isn't registered anywhere. Not even the domain name.

> set debug
> set d2
> www.lectraplayer.com
Server: x.x.com
Address: x.x.x.x

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SendRequest(), len 53
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 2, rcode = NOERROR
header flags: query, want recursion
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 0, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.lectraplayer.com.x.com, type = A, class = IN

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Got answer (127 bytes):
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 2, rcode = NXDOMAIN
header flags: response, auth. answer, want recursion, recursion avail.
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 1, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.lectraplayer.com.x.com, type = A, class = IN
AUTHORITY RECORDS:
-> x.x
type = SOA, class = IN, dlen = 48
ttl = 3600 (1 hour)
primary name server = x.x.com
responsible mail addr = hostmaster.x.com
serial = 1977
refresh = 1800 (30 mins)
retry = 600 (10 mins)
expire = 86400 (1 day)
default TTL = 3600 (1 hour)

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SendRequest(), len 38
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 3, rcode = NOERROR
header flags: query, want recursion
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 0, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.lectraplayer.com, type = A, class = IN

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Got answer (38 bytes):
HEADER:
opcode = QUERY, id = 3, rcode = NXDOMAIN
header flags: response, want recursion, recursion avail.
questions = 1, answers = 0, authority records = 0, additional = 0

QUESTIONS:
www.lectraplayer.com, type = A, class = IN

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*** x.x.com can't find www.lectraplayer.com: Non-existent do
main

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from arin.net

Search results for: lectraplayer.com


No match found for lectraplayer.com.

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2003-05-04 20:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.
 

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Lectraplayer said:
I'm trying to nab and redirect my old domain name "www.lectraplayer.com ". I shortly (one month) dropped my web server because they were taking me to the cleaners. I just signed up for a better web server and would like to point www.lectraplayer.com to it. That's why I need to know if the name has to be tied to an active server now for me to redirect it.:winkgrin:
Since you appear to own the name until December 2003, you can do whatever you like with it. I don't know how the other services work, but my domain name provider allows me to redirect access to any place I like. Currently, my web address is redirected to my Comcast account, since I get some web space there for free.

Domain Name: LECTRAPLAYER.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS1.HOSTSAVE.COM
Name Server: NS2.HOSTSAVE.COM
Status: ACTIVE
Updated Date: 17-dec-2002
Creation Date: 17-dec-2002
Expiration Date: 17-dec-2003
 

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Johnwill, any idea why arin.net didn't have the name in it's whois db? I thought they had ALL of them, and would have at least referred me over to Networksolutions.
 

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Johnwill, any idea why arin.net didn't have the name in it's whois db? I thought they had ALL of them, and would have at least referred me over to Networksolutions.
I really can't say, though I've found that now with lots of different folks in the DNS game, it's harder to track down the info on some domains nowadays. :) FWIW, I use a handy site that I found called Network Tools that has lots of tools for networking. I like to have a remote site that I can do pings and traces from, makes it easier to diagnose local connectivity issues.
 

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I see this company's jacking me off like my web server. they didn't give me my domain screen name, so I guess I gotta let it expire.:mad: It ain't like I have a highly desired name. I guess I'll go with Net and then change it over later.
 

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If you've registered a domain name, it is yours, they can't "not give it to you"! You are free to transfer it to another registrar, and there's nothing they can do about it.
 

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johnwill said:
If you've registered a domain name, it is yours, they can't "not give it to you"! You are free to transfer it to another registrar, and there's nothing they can do about it.
...except not give me my screen name.:angry2: Do I need to hack them to get my service back?:tongue2:
 
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