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Chapter 26. Establishing a Dial-Up Inter... > Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 ...

Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 Environment: Setting Up Your System to Use DNS

The Internet uses DNS to resolve, or translate, computer and fully qualified domain names (FQDNs), such as http://www.mcp.com, into IP addresses. A DNS server maintains a database, which is really a flat text file maintained by a DNS administrator, that maps domain names to IP addresses. As with most types of file systems, DNS organizes the FQDNs in a hierarchical fashion with a corresponding IP address mapping.

Most ISPs dynamically assign IP addresses for DNS servers to their clients on demand. If yours does not or if you have a direct connection to the Internet, you must configure your system to point to a DNS server. In this case, and assuming you have Microsoft TCP/IP installed on your system, these settings are configured in the TCP/IP Settings dialog box in Dial-Up Networking. You need to know the IP address of your local DNS server for this method to work.


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