Domain Name Services
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Last modified: February 21, 2015 00:37:54.


      The Domain Name System (DNS) is an integral part of the TCP/IP network services. It provides services to convert domain names (e.g., www.qu.edu.qa) into the corresponding IP addresses which are required by applications running on hosts to connect to services running on other systems. It also provides other information for operational purposes.

IT Services operates one query-resolution server which is used for domain name resolution: ns1.qu.edu.qa

This name server averages approximately 300 queries per second during peak hours.

IT Services provides a number of DNS-related services:


Domain name resolution service

Used by University network hosts, allowing them to resolve arbitrary domain names to IP addresses;


Management of DNS servers

     Information Technology Services manages the servers that provide information for the main University domain qu.edu.qa and other University-associated domains to both the University itself and to the rest of the Internet;


Other domain hosting

     Various departments or other bodies within the University own specific domains, for courses, projects, and other purposes. In some cases, ITS can host and manage these on their behalf.


Registrations within University-owned domains

     Information Technology Services manages the registration of computers within the University network, including allocating IP addresses and their corresponding domain names. ITS can also provide other DNS entries for hosts that are providing a service.


Domain advice

     We can provide advice on various DNS-related matters, including registration of domains, domain hosting, and assisting with transfers of domains to University servers.

To obtain details on how to obtain QU Domain Name Services, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at helpdesk@qu.edu.qa.