How to Determine the Server's Fully Qualified Domain Name

By Jim Campbell

A Windows server has a fully qualified domain name that your network uses to send messages and use its resources. A quick way to view the fully qualified domain name is using the "ping" command in the Windows command line utility. The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is the standard "computer_name.domain.com" format where "computer_name" is the name given to your server when you installed Windows.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and enter "cmd" into the text box. Press "Enter" to open your Windows command line utility.

Step 2

Type "ipconfig" and press "Enter." This displays the IP address for your Windows server. Use this IP address to view the fully qualified domain name of the server.

Step 3

Type "ping -a IP" where "IP" is the IP address for the computer. Press "Enter." The "-a" switch returns the domain name of your server.

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