PowerShell tip: Determining the DNS suffix search list

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 18 Sept. 2013 / Last Updated on 18 Sept. 2013]

A tip on how to use Windows PowerShell 3.0 on Windows 8 (or on Windows Server 2012) to determine the DNS suffix search list.

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use Windows PowerShell 3.0 on Windows 8 (or on Windows Server 2012) to determine the DNS suffix search list.

Question: You are having name resolution problems on your Windows 8 computer. You want to use Windows PowerShell to see what the DNS suffix search list is. How can you do this?

Answer: Use the Get-DnsClientGlobalSetting cmdlet. It returns the SuffixSearchList property. This technique appears here:

Get-DnsClientGlobalSetting

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com.

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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