Some versions of Windows come with a tool called NSLOOKUP that you can use via the command prompt. Read the Knowledge Base article on How do you know what my DNS records look like even though I don't host my DNS with you?  How can I see what the DNS records for my domain name look like? for information about looking up Name Server records.

  1. Go to Start and type cmd in search field to open the command prompt.
    •  Alternatively, go to Start > Run > type cmd or command.

  2. Type nslookup and hit Enter. You will need to specify the DNS server, type of record and a domain name. The default server will be your local DNS server.
  3. The best way to run nslookup is to start with the root servers and follow the path to the final authorative name server.
    Type domain_name DNS_server_name where domain_name is your query and DNS_server_name is one of the following and hit Enter:
    • B.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      J.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      K.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      M.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      E.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET
      H.ROOT-SERVERS.NET

  4. Now the tool will display the next servers you need to use.
    Type domain_name DNS_server_name where DNS_server_name is one of the following and hit Enter:
    • B.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      L.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      C.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      K.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      G.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      H.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      E.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      I.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      D.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      F.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      J.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      A.GTLD-SERVERS.NET
      M.GTLD-SERVERS.NET

  5. Now the tool will display the Name Servers for this domain name. Use them to make a final lookup.
    • Type set q=XX or set type=XX where XX  is a type of a DNS record.  Some of the available types are MX, A, CNAME, and ALL. The type ALL or ANY will show all records for the domain on that name server.
      Hit Enter.
    • Type domain_name DNS_server_name whereDNS_server_name is a Name Server. Hit Enter.

  6. The records are displayed.
  7. To exit the tool type exit.

Notes:

  • If you type help or ? you will see the list of all commands.
  • By pressing Up and Down arrows you can select previously entered commands.