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|Authority Name Servers||ns1.oregonstate.edu, ns2.oregonstate.edu|
|Caching Name Servers for OSU||126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52|
|Policies||Domain Name Policy|
|DNS/DHCP Registration System||Maintain|
|DNS Information||List of OSU Domains|
DNS stands for "domain name service". In essence, it is a directory of names that point to services on the local network or the Internet. Computers communicate with each other over the Internet via IP addresses (e.g. 184.108.40.206). DNS provides human-friendly names for these IP addresses. For example: the DNS name www.oregonstate.edu points to the IP address 220.127.116.11.
The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is an Internet protocol for automating the configuration of computers on a network. DHCP can be used to automatically assign IP addresses, to deliver TCP/IP stack configuration parameters such as the subnet mask and default router, and to provide other configuration information such as the addresses for DNS servers.
Most OSU network registration is done via Maintain, an open source application developed at OSU. For general help with Maintain, network registration, or activating your ONID account, please contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk.