Rensselaer's Domain Name Services
As of June 2012, systems on Rensselaer's network must use Rensselaer's Domain Name Services (DNS). External domain name services such as OpenDNS or Google's Public DNS will not work. However, DotCIO's remote access servers were granted an exemption so users can perform direct external DNS testing from the rcs.rpi.edu server. The rcs.rpi.edu name is a pool of three identical remote access servers which you can access with your RCS userid.
Configuring Internal DNS servers
For users of DHCP:
If your computer/device uses DHCP to automatically configure its network settings, your system will acquire at least two appropriate DNS servers and no action is required on your part.
For users with static IP addresses:
If you have configured your system with a static IP address you should have received the IP addresses of at least two DNS servers on Rensselaer's network from the hostmaster. If you did not receive DNS server addresses, you should contact the hostmaster to obtain the addresses of the most appropriate name servers for your application.
If you have any questions, please Submit a request.