Alan/Ian - How does a novice find out where the whether his .com primary nameservers are in Australia? AND how do I find out whether MY IP is in Australia?
Well, I'm neither Alan nor Ian... but there are several ways you can tell AussieT, depending upon what you have available to you. The easiest way is using server stuff, but you can usually find what you want from your local PC.
First go over to Network Solution or allwhois.com and look up the domain name. They should at least tell you who the "Registrar" for the domain name is. Once you have that, just go to that site and see what the nameserver info is. The best thing to get is an IP address...so if they don't give you one (some Registrars don't list IP numbers in the public record) you could always go over to DNSstuff.com ( http://www.dnsstuff.com
) or DNSReport.com ( http://www.dnsreport.com
) to do more indepth research. One of those will always give you the IP number somewhere.
You could also try doing a Ping or NSLookup from the command line of your PC to the server/domain/ip , but that can be adversely affected by the DNS servers of your ISP so I don't recommend that route. Some ISP's are notorious for having misconfigured DNS servers.
If you're pretty sure the domain and/or nameservers are OZ based, you could always do a WhoIs search over at APNIC ( http://www.apnic.net...ic-bin/whois.pl
). That stands for Asia-Pacific Network Internet Centre, and it's basically the same thing as ICANN is in the states. You can perform an APNIC WhoIs search by either the domain name or IP number. So if it's Aussie you should find it there with full details.
If not, and especially if you have the IP numbers you want to check on, you might try one of the various IP tools available out there. Softnik makes a good freebie which connected with most of the IP repositories worldwide. You can grab that at http://www.toolsfors.../1/iplookup.htm
It's a Windows application and using it you can get all kinds of info on just about any IP number.
If you still can't get the answer you need, feel free to PM me and I'll take a look from one of my servers. I have all kinds of utilities available to track down IP's and domain names since I'm constantly tracking down, reporting and/or blocking spam, virii, DOS attacks and the like.
<edited to correct a URL typo>
Edited by Randy, 02 October 2003 - 09:54 AM.