Servers and Resolving

Now that we've defined the hierarchy, let's look at how we determine the information we're searching for. For example, let's assume we need to locate the IP address of our earlier example, www.sun.com. Figure 16.3 provides an overview of the steps that we'll follow to do this.

Figure 16.3. Determining an IP address.

Now let's look at the different machine types that the figure refers to.

Name Servers

Name servers are the server portions of DNS. They are responsible for storing the domain information and handing it out to any clients who request it. For example, in our earlier explanation about DNS, we talked about determining ...

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