convert between email address to ip address

Posted on 2003-02-26
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Last Modified: 2008-03-06
I need the free convert between email address to ip address?
Question by:vlaspinas17
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AndresM earned 100 total points
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do you mean the email address domain?
just ping the domain. For eg:
in command line, ping domain.com and you will get the ip address.
hope this helps.

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mblaivax earned 100 total points
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Hello vlaspinas17,

usualy when you get mail from name@domain.com
In order to see IP of MX record (usually) you can type

ping mail.domain.com



Expert Comment

ID: 8033488
Eeeep, the last two comments are absolutely incorrect.

Ping will resolve the A record, assuming you don't have that name defined in your local cache already.

If you want to know what IP to establish an SMTP session to for a specific domain, you MUST perform an nslookup against the MX record for that domain.

In single server domains where the A record also happens to be what the MX is pointed at, then TCP 25 to that IP will get you a mail session.... but that is not the case for many (if not most) mail domains.

Keep in mind that MX should always refer to an A record - not a CName.

Keep in mind that a corresponding PTR should also be present for any address resolved by MX.

Expert Comment

ID: 8051733

Just to add to Satori's comments.
To do a lookup on an MX record, do the following:
Open a command prompt -> type nslookup.
Type: set qt=mx
Type: domainname.com
Look for the following in the results:
domain.com    MX preference = 10, mail exchanger = mailhost1.domain.com

Then do a ping to mailhost1.domain.com and this should resolve the IP address of the domains mail host. (Or mail relay).

Hope this helps,


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