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Should IP addresses show next to the DNS info?

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12:23 pm on Nov 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I noticed that for most domains when you do a whois lookup it will display the IP addresses next to the name servers.
However, when I do a whois lookup for our site, it only shows me the name servers. Is there any advantage of having the IP numbers next to the name servers?

3:34 pm on Nov 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm... I looked at 10 domains and all include an IP. Whois records seem to be returned from an administrative/contact info database and I suspect there is no need for an IP here, but I'm not 100% certain...

12:17 am on Nov 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It depends on the registrar, what information they store in their registry (and what then gets displayed in a reply on a whois request).
My own domains: mydomain.NET registered by netsol/verisign shows the nameservers' IP addresses, mydomain.ORG registered elsewhere does not. It doesn't really matter. The IP addresses can easily be looked up through DNS. However, directly addressing a plain IP address without doing a lookup would be faster ...