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NetDB is a Stanford University database application that stores network and node configuration information. It's generally used by local network administrators and University IT staff. Most commonly, NetDB is used to assign a new IP address to a computer or printer. The information in NetDB is loaded into two important network services at Stanford: DNS and DHCP.

NetDB basic operations

NetDB users can perform several basic functions, depending on their access rights.

  • Search for records
  • Create a new record 
  • Modify an existing record (often abbreviated as "Mod")
  • Delete an existing record (often abbreviated as "Del") 
  • Use an existing record as a template for a new record (often abbreviated as "Tmpl")

NetDB record types

NetDB contains six basic record types:

  • Node — a networked device (computer, router, printer, hub)
  • Network — collection of address spaces
  • Admin Team — group of people who administer nodes
  • User — user of the NetDB application
  • Domain — Internet domain like,
  • Group — access group used for security

Get started

NetDB accounts should be requested by local network administrators or the departmental administrator, not by the new user. Authority is usually granted by the previous network administrator or departmental staff.

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Last modified March 21, 2019