Network Diagnostic Utilities

Before examining network name resolution in detail, we need to take a look at a few network diagnostic utilities in Windows Server 2003 and the Resource Kit. (They are also available in Windows 2000.) These tools are useful for displaying the contents of the many name caches and to modify their contents. They are IPCONFIG, NETSTAT, TRACERT, PATHPING, NBTSTAT, and NETDIAG.

IPCONFIG

The IP parameters for an interface are set and configured using the Network and Dial-up Connection window. You can view these settings from the command line using IPCONFIG. Run ipconfig /all to display detailed information for each interface.

Here is an example:

 Ethernet adapter : Host Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . : PRO1.company.com Description ...

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