Canonical Name

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The canonical name is the host name of a computer or network server.  It can be used in CNAME, PTRNS and MX records. A CNAME is an alias for a host record, it maps an alias to its canonical name.  Since a cname is an alias the name is on the left which points to the canonical name on the right.

See also:
CNAME Record
PTR Record
NS record
MX record
Resource Record

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