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Netsh and nslookup concepts

Posted on 2005-02-25
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Last Modified: 2008-02-20
I would like to have some clear explanations about Netsh and nslookup, how they work and when do we need to use them.

Question by:Chuckbuchan
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Expert Comment

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Netsh is a utility to allow you to configure a server's network settings for various network services.  See:


Nslookup is a utility that allows you to perform various lookups against a DNS server.


Author Comment

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I was a minute ago on those links, but they don't have a good explanation, this is why I posted this question.

if you can be patient and explain their concepts clearly would be great.



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jeopboy earned 1000 total points
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No problem.

netsh - use it when you want to view or change things on a windows server/PC's networking setup.  So if you want to change the ip address, default gateway, WINS setup, RAS setup, etc. you can use this.  THe biggest advantage of using netsh instead of windows GUI is that you can script the commands.  Otherwise, most everything you can do here, you can also do through the GUI.

nslookup - use it to perform DNS lookups and troubleshoot DNS.  You can go into nslookup and change DNS servers to see if you get different results.  You can also show particular kinds of records for a given domain, etc.  NSlookup is mostly something I use when troubleshooting.  If all I need is the IP address of a single server, i just ping <server> and see if it resolves.  If it doesn't, THEN I go into nslookup.

What are you looking to do?  Maybe that would help me give you more specific advice/info.

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