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Article ID: 172060 - Last Review: February 23, 2007 - Revision: 2.2

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When you run Nslookup.exe at a command prompt, you receive the following error message after the DNS request times out:
*** Can't find server name for address Timed out
*** Default servers are not available
Default Server: Unknown


You have no DNS server specified in your TCP/IP Properties. If you have no DNS server configured on your client, Nslookup will default to the local loopback address. Other utilities may react similarly.


To resolve this issue, you need to configure a DNS server on your client by performing the following steps:
  1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Network icon.
  2. Click Protocols, click TCP/IP Protocol, and then click Properties.
  3. Click DNS, click Add, and then type the IP address of your DNS server.
  4. Click Add, click OK, and then click OK again.

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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