Linux.com: Linux and Windows NT 4.0 Part VIII: Domain Name ServersDec 05, 2000, 21:28 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Campbell)
"A Domain Name Server resolves URLs (Universal Resource Locator) to IP addresses. A request for http://www.cnn.com, for instance would be forwarded to the local DNS server that would translate the text-based URL to the IP address, 188.8.131.52 and then route the http request to that location. This service is necessary in Internet communications, or users would be required to specify IP addresses all of the time...."
"Most likely DNS services in the form of BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Daemon) has been included with your Linux distribution...."
"In both the Windows NT environment and Linux, it is possible to test the functionality of the local DNS server with the use of the NSLookup utility. (Note that both NT and Linux servers will have to be set to look to this new DNS as the primary DNS Server.)"