Find website server or IP in Windows domain

Hi Experts,

I have a web server called web02 and my domain is  I setup a virtue (sub) website called helpdesk.

If in url, I type, it will connect to web02 server virtue website helpdesk.  But if in url, I only type helpdesk/,  it brings me to Google website to which apparently has been redirected.  

In our dns server, helpdesk is pointed to web02 server.  when I ping, it shows web02's IP.  

My question is how to find out how helpdesk/ is resolved and what is it's IP.

Thank yo so much in advance.

Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
'helpdesk' by itself is not a domain so it should not resolve to any IP.  DNS only connects domains to IP addresses.  Some browsers redirect to Google search if the name does not resolve.
Russ SuterSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
In your example, "helpdesk" is a subdomain. Your DNS manager should have a list of A records. This list should contain helpdesk as one of its entries and the IP address should be listed next to it. The interface varies depending on what you're using to manage your domain.

Using A records you can have a subdomain pointing to any IP address you want. This means I can have the following entries and everything would work correctly.


If the domain name was then the URLs would be

Each one would resolve to and respectively.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
nslookup will also show you the ip
nslookup helpdesk will not resolve and you will get non-existent domain
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
To add to David's post, on every computer there is a DNS suffix and possibly a DNS suffix list. If you type in just "helpdesk" then your DNS suffix gets appended to the name and your query is sent off. So you could add to your suffix list.

If you run ipconfig /all on a Windows computer, look for the Primary DNS suffix and connection specific DNS suffix. These are what get appended automatically. It does it in order and until it is resolve or the list is exhausted.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Web Servers

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.