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I am really a novice in network terminologies.

Can you let me know how to identify if my existing website DNS is A-Record or CNAME? I have access to the web-server, so I will be able to verify the configuration settings.

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The webserver has nothing to do with DNS, they are two totally separate systems.

The easiest way to tell is using nslookup, dig, or a website that does it for you.

Here is a link to a website, type the name in, the resulting report will tell say if it's a C-NAME or A Record.

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can you tell me how to identify using nslookup approach? –  vs1984 Jul 13 '10 at 12:49
    
run nslookup, enter the name. If the answer includes a "Aliases: whatever.example.com" line then the name you typed in is a c-name pointing to whatever appears on the "Name: " line. If there is only "Name" and "Address" lines then it's an A record. –  Chris S Jul 13 '10 at 12:56
    
ok. thanks for the reply. –  vs1984 Jul 13 '10 at 12:59

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