Posts Tagged ‘domain name server’

How to Fix Resolving Host (DNS) Issues on Windows

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

A quick primer on DNS lookup issues, and four basic solutions for dealing with DNS problems …

Sometimes when you are using your computer you may experience issues when trying to connect to specific sites, services or using specific programs. Depending on the program in question, you may get a status message such as “resolving host” or something similar. Google Chrome for instance may display that message in the status bar when you connect to sites, while Firefox displays “looking up” instead. While the issue may be limited to individual sites or programs, it may also be the case that it is affecting any program or site on the device.


DNS time-to-live settings for CNAME records

Monday, May 10th, 2010

CNAME sounds like something worth looking into …

The DNS CNAME is one of the most versatile tools in an IT administrator’s arsenal. One caveat to reaching the full potential of a CNAME is default TTL. IT pro Rick Vanover explains situations to lower the default TTL.
I’ve long thought that the DNS CNAME is one of the most underrated infrastructure technologies considering it has been available for a very long time. Simply put a DNS CNAME is an alias record that points a user-created fully qualified domain name (FQDN) to an existing FQDN. I did a post a few years ago how using the CNAME for a database’s ODBC connection is a great way to accommodate a server move without touching the application or server.