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MX records lookup using VB.net

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Hello,

Can anyone please tell me the easiest way to perform MX record Lookup in VB.net ? Is there any specific procedures to do this or do i need to create a component ? can dnsapi.dll be used to do this..

If possible, i would like to see the source code for such Mail-Exchange server lookups in VB.net.

Thank you.

Dheenu
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I can't give you source code right now, but take a look at the Dns Class, I believe it's under System.Net, it might help you.
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Hi,
I had gone through MSDN documentation on DNS and related subjects. But it happened to say that "There is currently no way to programmatically query the DNS database other than gethostbyname(). It is currently not possible to do things such as programmatically query the DNS for an MX record".

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dndns/html/dnsnt4.asp

I think programmatic-querying a DNS for obtaining MX RR's is not that easy as i'm thinking right now. It would be great if you can give me some tips on how to start with the program using VB.net.

I tried out searching the web for same, but i found some commercial components like ANSMTP and DNSMXQuery which are way too expensive. Is there any simple logic behind this to obtain those records ?

Thanks.
Dheenu
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You can try this component, its free.
http://www.internext.co.za/stefan/aspmx/

If your using visual studio .net you can very easily import it by going to add reference -> Com Component. Then browse for the dll, then the ResolverClass is in the ASPMX namespace. (see site for api reference)

Hope that helps,
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Hi,
That information was helpful indeed. But can you tell me if i can use the same ASP component in my VB.net application ?

I tried compiling the same code by making changes for my VB.net application. But ended up with errors, and nothing happened.

Is there any other way to do that? That is setting up the same ASP component for my VB.net application. Does it work ?

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Yeah it works for Windows Forms applications also,
For example try this code: (assuming you added the reference like aforementioned)

Imports ASPMX
...
            Dim resolver As New ResolverClass
            Dim errorMsg As String
            Dim hostsStr As String = "MX Entries" & vbCrLf
            resolver.DNSServer = "cumulus.home"
            resolver.TimeOutValue = 30
            resolver.Domain = "microsoft.com"

            errorMsg = resolver.Resolve()
            For i As Int32 = 0 To resolver.MXCount
                hostsStr &= "Host:" & resolver.MX(i) & " Priority:" & resolver.MXPriority(i).ToString() & vbCrLf
            Next
            MessageBox.Show(hostsStr)

Note: to use this component you will have to register it:
regsvr32 <path_to_dll>/aspmx.dll

Hope that helps,
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Note, change the DNSServer to your dns server...
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Thanks a lot ZRH, this really worked.
I appreciate your patience in this regard.

Dheenu
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No problem, glad to help.
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