What is a domain name?

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

A domain name uniquely identifies your server on the Internet. Domain names consist of at least two parts: top level domain name (TLD) and second level domain name. For example, in contoso.com “com” is the TLD and “contoso” is the second level domain name.

While you are away from your office, you can use your domain name to access shared files on the server or computers on the network. You can also manage your server when you are away. For example, you register contoso.com for your server. When you are away from your office, you can open a Web browser on your laptop and type contoso.com in the address text box to connect to Remote Web Access that you set up on your Windows SBS 2011 Essentials server.