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

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Name

CNAME (canonical name) — (From RFC 1035, page 14)

Textual representation:

                     owner ttl class CNAME canonical-dname

Example:

wh.movie.edu.  IN  CNAME  wormhole.movie.edu.

Binary representation:

CNAME type code: 5
    +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+
    /                     CNAME                     /
    /                                               /
    +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+

where:

CNAME

A domain-name which specifies the canonical or primary name for the owner. The owner name is an alias.

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