How to Find Your Primary & Secondary DNS

The Domain Name System (DNS) is essentially the telephone book of the Internet. This service is what guides your computer to a website when you type the, for instance--into your Internet browser. If you did not have a DNS server directing your Internet, you would have to manually enter the IP address of every website you wanted to visit. DNS servers, like all servers on the Internet, have a fixed IP address as well, and finding that address is quite simple.

A few simple commands will reveal your primary and secondary DNS.

Step 1

Click the Start menu and select "Run."

Step 2

Type "cmd" into the text box that appears and press "Enter."

Step 3

Type "cd/" into the command prompt window that appears, then press "Enter."

Step 4

Type "C:>ipconfig /all" and press "Enter." This will present a screen full of information, including the primary and secondary DNS server addresses down near the bottom, which look like a series of numbers separated by dots as in, for example.