# <dns>

Specifies the expected identity of the server. This identity is valid for X509 Certificate authentication mode if the server’s certificate contains a DNS with the same value. It is also valid for Windows authentication mode if the SPN has the same value.

## Syntax

<dns value = "String" />


## Attributes and Elements

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.

### Attributes

Attribute Description
value The DNS of the certificate. DNS is an industry-standard protocol used to locate computers on an IP-based network. Users can remember display names, such as https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?prd=10929 or https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=96165, easier than number-based addresses, such as 207.46.131.137.

None.

### Parent Elements

Element Description
<identity> Specifies the identity of the service to be authenticated by the client.

## Example

The following configuration code specifies the DNS of an X.509 certificate that is used to authenticate a server.

<identity>
<dns value = "www.cohowinery.com" />
</identity>