July 18, 2008

HOWTO: Clear the DNS Cache

When you use DNS to resolve hostnames to IP addresses or services end point addresses, and you make a change in your domain zone configuration you have to reload the cached records on your devices so the new addresses will be used for processing. You have two options:

  • wait while the DNS cache of your device will expire and your device will send a new DNS query request
  • clear the cache manually

On Windows you can clear the DNS cache with the “ ipconfig /flushdns ” command.

On Cisco gears you can use the “ clear hosts * ” enable mode command.

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