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If I am going to be performing a Whois lookup for a domain name with the extension .IN.NET, which whois server should I connect to?

For example, for .com domain names, I would format my whois query as follows:

whois -h whois.verisign-grs.com example.com

What is the equivalent for .IN.NET domain names? I am interested in what to put as the server (<?>).

whois -h <?> example.in.net
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.IN.NET is a second level domain name psuedo-registry operated by CentralNic.

The whois server for CentralNic domain names is whois.centralnic.com.

In the case of psuedo-registries, IANA does not manage any data about these extensions because they are not assigned by ICANN. For the most part, you would already have had to known that CentralNic manages .IN.NET or checked the DNS records for _nicname._tcp.in.net, which is a loosely followed standard -- it will not always give you results.

So, in your case, you will use the whois command as follows:

whois -h whois.centralnic.com example.in.net

If this was a normal extension (e.g. .COM or .NET), then you can find out the whois server by querying IANA's whois server.

Example:

whois -h whois.iana.org com

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whois:        whois.verisign-grs.com

status:       ACTIVE
remarks:      Registration information: http://www.verisign-grs.com

created:      1985-01-01
changed:      2012-02-15
source:       IANA
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