nslookup on the management port ?

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nslookup on the management port ?

L0 Member

I would like to check a few DNS issues I'm seeing on the management port.

I had hoped to find nslookup in the CLI, but it isn't there.

Is there something equivalent ?



L7 Applicator

There is no nslookup command, but you can do a simple ping. Even if the destination doesn't allow ping, the DNS lookup will still happen. The command to ping from the management interface is:

ping host www.example.com

You will want to ensure that you are not using a service route though, as the DNS requests are all sent using that service route. The service routes are configured at Device > Setup > Services > Service Route Configuration. If you do have a service route set, your ping and all DNS lookups where the firewall initiates connections (such as updates.paloaltonetworks.com) will use that route.

Hope this helps,


L7 Applicator

Hello DSTR,

As per my knowledge, PAN CLI does have an option like "nslookup" in windows. But, you can verify the DNS functionality, wthere FQDN resolves to a valid IP address from the DNS server.

admin> ping host google.com

PING google.com ( 56(84) bytes of data.  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Configured DNS server resolved the FQDN address to IP address.

64 bytes from dfw06s41-in-f6.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=40.6 ms

64 bytes from dfw06s41-in-f6.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=55 time=37.1 ms

64 bytes from dfw06s41-in-f6.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=55 time=39.4 ms


L2 Linker

If you HTTPS to the firewall and create an Address as an FQDN instead of an IP, there is a clickable RESOLVE link next to where you place the DNS name. That will resolve and list all the IP addresses it pulled from DNS.  This is better than a PING test as PING will only show the first of many IPs.  Using the FQDN address object you can see the full list.


great solution that replaces nslookup perfectly, thank you 🙂


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