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What is DNS server? DNS stands for 'Domain Name Server' or 'Domain Name System'.A DNS server is a software used for Name to IP resolution and IP to name resolution.The Domain name system distributes the responsibility of assigning domain name and mapping those name into IP address by designating authoritative name server for each domain.A 'Domain name' means that a name given to an IP address.Domain name is easy to remember rather than the IP address.