Microsoft – DNS – Query Tool – NSLookup – Error Message – *** Can’t find server name for address w.x.y.z: Non-existent domain

Introduction

This is an easy one. As I researched for another post, I was trying to use nslookup from the command line, but getting this error.

Error Message - *** Can't find server name for address w.x.y.z: Non-existent domain

Error Description

So my query looks like this:
Syntax:

nslookup [host] [dns-server] 

Sample:

nslookup dbhr ns1

 

Error:

*** Can't find server name for address 10.0.y.z: Non-existent domain

Problem Resolution

Traced the problem back to a missing reverse IP Address for the referenced DNS Server.

To correct:

Add missing pointer record

  • Launch DNS Management (dsnmgmt.msc)
  • Connect to domain’s primary server
  • Navigate to the “Reverse Lookup Zones”
  • Select the subnet or create a new subnet
  • Review the existing “Pointer” entries in the right pane
  • If you find a matching IP Address, update it
  • Or create a new one by right-clicking on the subnet branch and choosing the “New Pointer (PTR)” menu item

errorCannotFindServer

Clear DNS Cache

Syntax:

ipconfig /flushdns

Once your DNS Cache is cleared, please retry.

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