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Windows 10 Insider build adds improved DNS settings

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 20185 adds improved DNS configuration in network settings.

DNS settings made more accessible

DNS settings have been made more easily accessible and is now a top-level option in your network's properties page. This is sure to be useful when assisting less technical users how to update their DNS servers.

Encrypted DNS improvements

With this release, you can now gain access to encrypted DNS controls for when using DNS over HTTPS in the settings app.

In order to unlock this feature through the UI alone, you must use one of the approved servers from either Cloudflare, Google or Quad9.

If you would like to use a custom DNS over HTTPS server, then you will need to use the netsh command as documented in Microsoft's blog post.

Having encrypted DNS configurable through the UI is a welcome change, as previously this was only possible by a registry change and the command line. No doubt over time, even custom servers will be supported without the need to use the command line.

Telstra DNS Servers Attacked?

Australia's largest ISP - Telstra, had many customers seemingly knocked offline. The cause? An internal DNS misconfiguration.

After first being reported as a cyber attack by Telstra's social media account

"We've identified the issue and are working on it. Some of our Domain Name Servers (DNS) used to route your traffic online are experiencing a cyber attack, known as a Denial of Service (DoS). Your info isn't at risk. We're doing all we can to get you back online."

They later posted an update, stating that it was in fact an internal DNS issue.

"The massive messaging storm that presented as a Denial of Service cyber-attack has been investigated by our security teams and we now believe that it was not malicious, but a Domain Name Server issue. We're really sorry for getting in the way of your weekend plans."

Many users reported that changing over to use a global DNS provider like Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 or Google DNS resolved their issues.

TPG DNS setting

Interpreted as: What are TPG's DNS Servers?

Like many of Australia's biggest ISP's, TPG's DNS servers can be found in our DNS server database, which contains the most up to date information for configuring DNS settings for TPG.

These DNS servers should be used for customers of TPG Internet so that they get the best browsing experience when they're going to websites online. Using incorrect DNS servers can result in slower DNS lookups which means that it will take longer to get to your favourite websites.

How to flush my DNS?

Interpreted as: How do I flush my DNS cache?

Flushing your DNS cache is a very easy process that is sometimes necessary to do when your computer is not resolving a particular hostname to the correct IP address.

If you're running Microsoft Windows, then all you need to do is run the command ipconfig /flushdns from the command line. More in depth details and instructions on how to flush your DNS in both Windows and a variety of other operating systems can be found on our flush DNS page.

If all else fails, simply rebooting your computer usually will flush your DNS cache.

What's my DNS number?

Interpreted as: Which DNS server should I use?

When setting up your computers to connect to the Internet it is important that you configure your computer to connect to the correct DNS server. Using the correct DNS server means that you will get the fastest and most reliable lookups for when you're visiting websites online.

While most routers and modems will automatically assign the correct IP address to your computer to use as a DNS server there is some cases in which you may need to configure this manually.

whatsmydns.net provides a DNS Server List that contains of many of the major ISP's throughout the world. When possible you should try and use the DNS server that is provided by your service provider in order to have the fastest possible DNS lookups.

It is also possible to use Google DNS as your DNS server if you want.

Internode DNS Server

Interpreted as: What are the DNS servers for Internode?

whatsmydns.net has a great database of DNS servers for many major ISP's around the world - this of course includes a great range of Australian DNS servers which of includes the popular ISP Internode

Check out the page for Internode DNS Server details for an up to date list of both primary and secondary DNS servers.

DNS Check

Interpreted as: How do I perform a DNS check?

When you make changes to your DNS settings by either registering a new domain name and performing the initial setup or by making changes to existing DNS settings it is useful to be able to perform a DNS Check to make sure that your domain name changes have propagated around the world.

whatsmydns.net provides an easy to use interface that allows you to do this DNS check, all you need to do is enter your domain name and choose your record type (eg, A, CNAME, AAAA, MX etc) and a DNS check will instantly be performed which will show you the current state of DNS propagation around the world for your domain name.

8.8.8.8

Interpreted as: What DNS Server is 8.8.8.8?

8.8.8.8 is the primary DNS server for Google DNS.

Google DNS is a public DNS service that has been launched by Google that has been set up to make the Internet and the DNS system faster, safer, secure, and more reliable for all internet users.

For more information on Google Public DNS and what 8.8.8.8 is for, check out the Google Public DNS page.

8.8.4.4

Interpreted as: What DNS Server is 8.8.4.4?

8.8.4.4 is the secondary DNS server for Google Public DNS.

Google Public DNS is a DNS service that is run by Google for the purpose of making the Internet and the DNS system faster, safer, secure, and more reliable for everyone online.

More information on Google Public DNS and what 8.8.4.4 is for, check out the Google DNS page.

BT DNS Servers

Interpreted as: What are the BT DNS Servers?

It is important to make sure that you're using the correct DNS server for your connection to the Internet, whatsmydns.net provides a DNS server database so that you can quickly and easily locate the correct DNS servers that you should be using for your connection. Having the right DNS servers means that you should have the fastest possible lookups for when you're visiting various websites online.

Check out the BT DNS Servers page for the most up to date servers.

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