How to install and use the dig utility on a Windows system
The dig (domain information groper) utility is something I use on my Linux hosts so often that I miss it when I move back to a Windows host. Here’s how to install and use the dig utility on a Windows system:
Extract to the directory that you’d like to run the program from, probably C:UsersMyUsername
Run the dig command
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. C:Userstechpain>dig mx msn.com ; <<>> DiG 9.9.5-W1 <<>> mx msn.com ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER< Dan Esparza’s blog has a great post on different ways to use the dig utility and understanding the output.
A WhoIs lookup will show the registration record for a domain name, and being able to run this right from the command line is really convenient.
This utility will run on Windows XP and higher (client) and Windows Server 2003 and higher (server).
Download the utility from the Windows Sysinternals site and copy it to the path that you want to use (probably C:\Users\MyUsername). After that you can run the WhoIs utility like this:
WhoIS command and output
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Whois v1.11 - Domain information lookup utility Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com Copyright (C) 2005-2012 Mark Russinovich
Connecting to COM.whois-servers.net... Connecting to whois.name.com...
Domain Name: TECHPAIN.COM Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.name.com Registrar URL: http://www.name.com Updated Date: 2013-10-22T03:40:00-06:00 Creation Date: 2010-08-04T00:59:03-06:00 Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-08-04T00:59:03-06:00 Registrar: Name.com, Inc. Registrar IANA ID: 625 Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@example.com Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.17202492374 Resellser: Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited Registrant Name: Whois Agent Registrant Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. Registrant Street: PO Box 639 Registrant City: Kirkland Registrant State/Province: WA Registrant Postal Code: 98083 Registrant Country: US Registrant Phone: +1.4252740657 Registrant Fax: +1.4259744730 Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Admin Name: Whois Agent Admin Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. Admin Street: PO Box 639 Admin City: Kirkland Admin State/Province: WA Admin Postal Code: 98083 Admin Country: US Admin Phone: +1.4252740657 Admin Fax: +1.4259744730 Admin Email: email@example.com Tech Name: Whois Agent Tech Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. Tech Street: PO Box 639 Tech City: Kirkland Tech State/Province: WA Tech Postal Code: 98083 Tech Country: US Tech Phone: +1.4252740657 Tech Fax: +1.4259744730 Tech Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Name Server: ns2.reachone.com Name Server: ns1.reachone.com DNSSEC: NotApplicable URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2014-02-15T13:50:43-07:00 <<< The Data in the Name.com, Inc. WHOIS database is provided by Name.com, Inc. for information purposes, and to assist persons in obtaining information about or re lated to a domain name registration record. Name.com, Inc. does not guarantee i ts accuracy. By submitting a WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this Data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this Dat a to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass unsolici ted, commercial advertising or solicitations via e-mail (spam); or (2) enable hi gh volume, automated, electronic processes that apply to Name.com, Inc. (or its systems). Name.com, Inc. reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.
WARNING: This will entirely change the look and feel of your Ubuntu desktop.
Please note: The gnomenu program will produce load error messages, just accept the “Yes” or “Ok” and “reload” options. This is a bug on Ubuntu 9.10.
Logout and login again.
Check all the applets are in the right location on the bottom panel and then lock them in position. The final bottom panel and gnome menu should look something like the one in the screenshot below. By right-clicking on or near an applet on the bottom panel you can move it after unlocking it.
I finally got around to using Synergy between an XPsp2 laptop and Ubuntu 9.04, and it was a (surprisingly quick) success. I ran a sudo apt-get install synergy and wasn’t sure about what to do with the synergy.conf file. Out of curiosity, I ran a quick search for “synergy” in the Jaunty Add/Remove Applications interface and came up with something called Quick-Synergy. Quick-Synergy is a GUI tool for configuring Synergy, and it makes the process WAY easy.
This installation method will place a shortcut in the accessories folder. Launch it and you’ll have a graphical interface for super quick configuration of Synergy.
On the ‘Share’ tab simply punch in the hostnames of the machines.
On the ‘Use’ tab, enter the hostname/IP of the machine that will be the server for Synergy (AKA the machine that has the keyboard and mouse connected to it).