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[01] WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM (DNS)?

     Domain Name System (DNS) is the registration of a domain namespace
     with a TOP-LEVEL (root) domain name servers on the internet.
     
     There seems to quite a misunderstanding among internet newbies regarding
     what DNS is .. to make it clear, here is a short list of what DNS is 
     and isn't.  

     A DNS record lists:

     * The IP addresses for the domain and hosts associated with the domain.
     * The aliases associated with the domain.
     * The mail exchanger servers responsible for the domain.
   
     A DNS record is NOT:

     * webservice
     * mail service
     * ftp, telnet, finger .. et cetera

     In short DNS basically is a DOCUMENT which states where services can
     be found, but no services (other than the information) is provided.

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