The experienced DNS administrator's tool of choice for testing a DNS will always be nslookup. It is not pretty or terribly easy to use. It is, however, extremely well documented because it has been in use for more than a decade. nslookup.exe is a command-line tool that can be used in interactive or noninteractive mode. Listing 10.12 shows nslookup being used in noninteractive mode. The syntax is simple: nslookup <hostname> <servername>.
O:\>nslookup silver.fis.local 192.168.0.5 Server: gold.fis.local Address: 192.168.0.5 Name: silver.fis.local Address: 192.168.1.4
The <servername> is optional. If it is omitted, nslookup simply uses the configured DNS server for that computer. ...