Let's say I own the domain name
example.tld. It is registered at registrar
R. In my account at
R, I registered the following name servers for the
Let's say there are no domains using these name servers for DNS yet. How can verify outside of my
R account, that the name servers have been registered successfully at the
For example, VeriSign Inc's WHOIS page allows you to look up a registered
.COM name server:
Server Name: NS1.HOSTGATOR.COM IP Address: 188.8.131.52 Registrar: ENOM, INC. Whois Server: whois.enom.com Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
Is there a standard approach for looking up this information for any TLD registry?
To clarify, I am not looking to verify the name servers a domain is set to use, e.g.:
Domain Name: HOSTGATOR.COM Registrar: ENOM, INC. Whois Server: whois.enom.com Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
Name Server: NS1.P13.DYNECT.NET
Name Server: NS2.P13.DYNECT.NET
Name Server: NS3.P13.DYNECT.NET
Name Server: NS4.P13.DYNECT.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 05-jan-2013 Creation Date: 22-oct-2002 Expiration Date: 22-oct-2015
Instead, I am looking for a way to query a single registered name server (e.g.
ns1.example.tld) against the registry, to find the IP address the registry has recorded for this name server (e.g.
I have contacted VeriSign for input, and it turns out that VeriSign's WHOIS lookup for name servers is proprietary. Here is their response:
In regard to your question whether you would be able to obtain any information regarding a nameserver which is registered at the registry but not currently associated with any domain, you will unfortunately not be able to obtain this information via alternative routes e.g. by performing a DiG. Nameservers are only published to the zone if they are attached to a domain, hence you won't be able to obtain this information unless said nameserver is associated with a domain. Also, a DiG may provide you with a listing of nameservers associated with a domain and their respective IP's, etc.
-- Benjamin, VeriSign, Inc. Customer Service
The second part of @Iian's answer below is correct. The name server must be associated with a domain in order to lookup the IP address the registry has on record for that name server.