Find website server or IP in Windows domain

Hi Experts,

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

If in url, I type helpdesk.abc.com, 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 helpdesk.abc.com, 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.

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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.
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Russ SuterCommented:
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.

abc     10.0.0.1
def      10.0.0.2

If the domain name was mywebsite.com then the URLs would be

abc.mywebsite.com
def.mywebsite.com

Each one would resolve to 10.0.0.1 and 10.0.0.2 respectively.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
nslookup helpdesk.abc.com will also show you the ip
nslookup helpdesk will not resolve and you will get non-existent domain
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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 abc.com 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.
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