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Resolved DNS not working on Server 2003 Domain

Discussion in 'Networks' started by honeymonkey, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. honeymonkey

    honeymonkey Bit Poster

    ADSL Modem / Router

    Esxi 4.0 (Static)

    VM SmoothWall Firewall (Static Wan)(RED)
    VM SmoothWall Firewall (Static Lan)(GREEN)

    VM Windows Server 2003 DNS (Static)
    VM Windows XP Pro (DHCP)

    I've set-up Windows Server 2003 as a domain controller using dcpromo and configured it with the domain mcse2003.local I've also enabled DHCP and setup a scope to give out ip addresses between -

    The problem I am having is that domain names are not being resolved, both Server 2003 and XP Pro can ping IP addresses and browse websites using IP addresses.

    Do I need to configure anything else in DNS?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2010
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  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    How did you configure the DHCP scope? if you configured it with then that's the local loopback address and that means it will only attempt to contact itself. Ideally you want to tell the DNS server to use to serve DNS requests on.

    All DHCP clients should have as the DNS server.
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  3. honeymonkey

    honeymonkey Bit Poster

    Scope [] Nottingham
    Scope Options
    003 Router
    006 DNS Servers
    015 DNS Domain Name msce2003.local
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    Yes forwarders.

    You need to right click on the DNS server, go to properties and then forwarders tab and enter the IP address of your ISP's DNS server, or any other DNS servers that you may prefer to use. eg.. Opendns.
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  5. honeymonkey

    honeymonkey Bit Poster

    Thanks that sorted it, Does anyone know why the DNS server did not use Root Hints?
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  6. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    You don’t *have* to setup forwarders but it is highly recommended. The root hints DNS can take care of external DNS resolution until you get forwarder setup.

    If the root hints tab is blank then you do need a forwarder and it looks like the server did not have web access therefore the root hints DNS was not populated when you installed DNS.
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