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DNS on Windows 2000, Second Edition by Cricket Liu, Matt Larson

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Avoiding the Search List

nslookup implements the search list, as the resolver does. When you are debugging, the search list can get in your way. You need to either turn the search list off completely (set nosearch) or add a trailing dot to the fully qualified domain name you are looking up. We prefer the latter, as you’ll see in our examples.

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