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Domain Name System(DNS)

Domain Name System (or Service or Server), an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names are alphabetic, they're easier to remember. The Internet however, is really based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name, therefore, a DNS service must translate the name into the corresponding IP address. For example, the domain name www.example.com might translate to

The DNS system is, in fact, its own network. If one DNS server doesn't know how to translate a particular domain name, it asks another one, and so on, until the correct IP address is returned.

Short for digital nervous system,a term coined by Bill Gates to describe a network of personal computers that make it easier to obtain and understand information.

In Pimpri Chinchwad Polytechnic in Computer Science Department gives full knowledge about Domain Name System in Network Management and Administration.

Domain Name System Architecture

The Domain name system comprises of Domain Names, Domain Name Space, Name Server that have been described below:

Domain Names

Domain Name is a symbolic string associated with an IP address. There are several domain names available; some of them are generic such as com, edu, gov, net etc, while some country level domain names such as au, in, za, us etc.

The following table shows the Generic Top-Level Domain names:

Domain Name Meaning
Com Commercial business
Edu Education
Gov U.S. government agency
Int International entity
Mil U.S. military
Net Networking organization
Org Non profit organization

The following table shows the Country top-level domain names:

Domain Name Meaning
au Australia
in India
cl Chile
fr France
us United States
uk United Kingdom
jp Japan
es Spain
de Germany
ca Canada
ee Estonia
hk Hong Kong

Domain Name Space

The domain name space refers a hierarchy in the internet naming structure. This hierarchy has multiple levels (from 0 to 127), with a root at the top. The following diagram shows the domain name space hierarchy:


In the above diagram each subtree represents a domain. Each domain can be partitioned into sub domains and these can be further partitioned and so on.

Name Server

Name server contains the DNS database. This database comprises of various names and their corresponding IP addresses. Since it is not possible for a single server to maintain entire DNS database, therefore, the information is distributed among many DNS servers.

  • Hierarchy of server is same as hierarchy of names.
  • The entire name space is divided into the zones


Zone is collection of nodes (sub domains) under the main domain. The server maintains a database called zone file for every zone.


If the domain is not further divided into sub domains then domain and zone refers to the same thing.

The information about the nodes in the sub domain is stored in the servers at the lower levels however; the original server keeps reference to these lower levels of servers.

Types of Name Servers

Following are the three categories of Name Servers that manages the entire Domain Name System:

  1. Root Server
  2. Primary Server
  3. Secondary Server

Root Server

Root Server is the top level server which consists of the entire DNS tree. It does not contain the information about domains but delegates the authority to the other server

Primary Servers

Primary Server stores a file about its zone. It has authority to create, maintain, and update the zone file.

Secondary Server

Secondary Server transfers complete information about a zone from another server which may be primary or secondary server. The secondary server does not have authority to create or update a zone file.

DNS Working

DNS translates the domain name into IP address automatically. Following steps will take you through the steps included in domain resolution process:

  • When we type www.tutorialspoint.com into the browser, it asks the local DNS Server for its IP address. Here the local DNS is at ISP end.
  • When the local DNS does not find the IP address of requested domain name, it forwards the request to the root DNS server and again enquires about IP address of it.
  • The root DNS server replies with delegation that I do not know the IP address of www.tutorialspoint.com but know the IP address of DNS Server.
  • The local DNS server then asks the com DNS Server the same question.
  • The com DNS Server replies the same that it does not know the IP address of www.tutorialspont.com but knows the address of tutorialspoint.com.
  • Then the local DNS asks the tutorialspoint.com DNS server the same question.
  • Then tutorialspoint.com DNS server replies with IP address of www.tutorialspoint.com.
  • Now, the local DNS sends the IP address of www.tutorialspoint.com to the computer that sends the request.

These sessions are conducted under Network Management and Administration Lecture in Pimpri Chinchwad Polytechnic which is one of the best college in Pune

Ms. M. K. Kute

(Computer Department)

Pimpri Chinchwad Polytechnic