Mac OSX Network Utility ( Ping, Trace, Whois, Lookup )

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Mac OSX comes with a powerful network application that allows you to gather information for resolving issues in connecting to your site or mail server.

To open your Network Utility, open your Hard Drive, and follow the path below.

HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Network Utility

Ping: Pings the server name that you type in, this sends data to the server and times the response back to you.
1. After opening the Network Utility, Click on the Ping Tab.
2. Enter in the domain; www.domain.com or mail.domain.com
3. Send Only 10 pings is good enough.
4. Click on Ping to Start. times from 180ms and Above would be considered slow.

Traceroute: Just like a freeway, when you type in a web address, or check your mail, your connection makes several stops along the way to your request. Some of the stops can have problelms processing your request.
1. After opening the Network Utility, click on Traceroute.
2. Enter in the domain; www.domain.com or mail.domain.com and click on trace.
3. Trace times from 180ms and Above would be considered slow.

Whois: Provides information on the domain you are looking up. Whom owns it, when it was last registered, what the name server is, and more.
1. After opening the Network Utility, click on Whois
2. Enter the domain you want to lookup, do not use www, just domain.com.
3. Select a server to use to lookup, whois.internic.net should be just fine.
4. Now click on whois to run your request.

Lookup: Will pull important information on a sites zone file, such as Host A, MX and NS records to name a few.
1. After opening the Network Utility, click on Lookup.
2. Type in the domain name you want to lookup, do not use www.
3. Select the type of lookup, Name Server is a good start.
4. Click on Lookup to run your request.

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