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The DNS server we are using is huge. Is there any way I can use on variable within the record to find more info about the record using option such as search or filter. For example, I know the Header name, I wanto search to find out where this record is located on the DNS server.
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Not sure what you mean by "header named", could you explain that?

What type of DNS server are you running?

BIND uses zone files and the zone file names are pointed in the bind configuration file.

If you are running the MS supplied DNS server on Windows, then  you use the DNS manager they provide to look at the records.
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As [giltjr] notes, it's not clear what DNS server you're using.  In the MS DNS manager, you can sort the database by host name, record type, and "record data" (typically IP address).  You can also Filter the view based on some host name criteria (names starting with, names containing, names in a range).

Hope that helps.
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Paul...yes, that is what I want to do. Though when I tried to search for it using a criteria within a A record I know for sure existed in DNS, I did not see the result came back using the filtering option. Am I doing any wrong here?
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"Am I doing any wrong here?"

I can't say, but if you know the host name, it should be easy to find.  Can you post a screenshot of your filter criteria, and what it is you're looking for?  Maybe that would help narrow it down.
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After I put the fully qualify domain name I know for sure existed within this DNS in the criteria screen, then click OK nothing show up.
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Okay, well first off, I don't see a zone for cancer.gov.  

Secondly, you would want to select the cancer.gov zone, then search for cabig there.  As it stands right now, you're filtering the list of zones, not the list of hosts within a zone.

Thirdly, you'll need to refresh the view in order for the filter to take effect.

...but you're on the right track.  Do you host cancer.gov on that server?
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You can't search for a DNS record on your DNS server unless that server is an authoritative server for zone.
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