Determine the DNS suffix search list

The following tip by Ed Wilson was included in an issue of our WServerNews newsletter:

PowerTip: Use PowerShell 3 to determine the DNS suffix search list

This week Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson shows how to use Windows PowerShell 3.0 on Windows 8 (or on Windows Server 2012) to determine the DNS suffix search list.

Question: You are having name resolution problems on your Windows 8 computer. You want to use Windows PowerShell to see what the DNS suffix search list is. How can you do this?

Answer: Use the Get-DnsClientGlobalSetting cmdlet. It returns the SuffixSearchList property. This technique appears here.


Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see


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