I am being asked how many Domains we have and my Admin isn't here so wonder if anyone can offer guidance

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Hello EE,

I have 29 forward lookup zones and under each I have a WWW host A with an IP and a (same as parent folder Host A with the same IP as above.  I have SOA, NS and MX under this one forward lookup zone as well so would this mean I have 1 as there is 1 IP or do I have to count the MX, NS and SOA?
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Gaurav SinghSolutions Architect

if you need only domains, then you dont need to include mx, ms and soa reocrds.
Domains or hosts?  If you want total domains, then your number is 29.  www, soa, ns, mx are examples of *host* records.  They represent hosts on a domain.  Host records are not ip specific as multiple hosts can point to the same ip address (this is called aliasing).

Generally, a domain would align to a forward lookup zone.

However, you may have forward lookup zones for things like development, staging/user acceptance, etc.  

Also, internal zones may not be the same as Internet domains; for that, you'd need to go look up your account at your domain registrar.


Exact and to the letter what I needed to confirm thanks!

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