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# 8  
Old 08-19-2009
For the most part linux commands have "man" pages that are accessible by typing "man commandname" sans the quotes. At your prompt type man nslookup and the system documentation will display. You system man pages are an invaluable resource as you learn your system. Good luck.
# 9  
Old 08-19-2009
Looks like your DNS server doesn't have a reverse lookup zone setup. You might try the command


but that will probably have the same result.

It also looks like you are using an external DNS server (probably from your ISP. iburst??) to try and do a reverse lookup on an internal address. That's not going to work.
# 10  
Old 08-20-2009
Should I change my server in nslookup to the linux server?

How do you know iBurst?
# 11  
Old 08-20-2009
Should I change my server in nslookup to the linux server?
A couple of things would have to be in place for this to happen. First, your network would have to have a DNS server in place that has a reverse lookup zone configured and that address would have to be in the zone file.

Next, you would have to specify that DNS server when you run NSLOOKUP. You can probably specify it from the command line but if you just run nslookup without any options you'll be running nslookup interactively (the prompt should change to '>'). You can then change the server at the > prompt. So, for example, if the DNS server you wanted to query was at your request would look something like this:

[you@yourserver]$ nslookup
> server
Default server:
Address:        name =

I knew you were using iburst because you pasted the results of your nslookup which showed the IP of the DNS server you were using. Since the address you posted was internet routable I figured you were setup to use your ISP's DNS server instead of an internal one.

I did a reverse lookup on that IP:

[me@myserver ~]$ host domain name pointer

I then did a whois lookup of at and it told me that domain is owned by iburst.
# 12  
Old 08-20-2009
Sorry - slow post

Last edited by chompy; 08-20-2009 at 03:12 PM.. Reason: SLOW POST - IGNORE
# 13  
Old 08-21-2009
I see. Thanx for all the help. It actually makes sense.

Will try and get back to you.
# 14  
Old 08-21-2009
Please read up on name service lookup. IP to host and host to IP can be resolved in two ways by default, using DNS or /etc/hosts file. You do not have DNS configured and that is reason for above error. You must have internal DNS to resolve this IP, or you add it manually to /etc/hosts file, then resolve it.

Dns client config file /etc/resolv.conf and nsswitch.conf
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