I've been having some DNS issues today and have not been getting email because the DNS server doesn't seem to be able to be contacted. It is either the router or the DNS server. So I try to ping my email server which would first get the IP address from the DNS server, but it fails with an error with no ip address. At one point it started working again and my laptop that is connected on an outside network was finally able to resolve the IP address which would have come from that DNS server. Then all of a sudden it stopped again. So if I was on the DNS server and tried to ping the email server would it try using the DNS server or would it go out and try to resolve it through the IP settings of the NIC card and out that way first? which would come full circle and try again to contact this server.