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DNS Server

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by Fergal1982, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. Fergal1982

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    Im about to set up my system with its domain, but was wondering if you can use the DC server as the DNS server too? if so, is it best to do this before or after the DC installation?

    Currently i have a netgear router that performs my DNS and DHCP functions. I suppose i could just maintain this as the norm at present couldnt i?

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  2. Sparky
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    Running DHCP from your netgear router will cause problems, I would recommend to run it from your server for testing purposes.

    You wont have any problems running making your DNS server a DC as well. From memory if you make the server a DC it will automatically created an integrated AD zone in DNS for you, happy days! :biggrin
     
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    it does indeed look like it sets up the DNS on the system, so thats not too bad.

    am i right in thinking that a DC can only be set for a single domain? so i couldnt have my root domain and the child domain on the same server???
     
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    You can set up as many domains as you need. Create a new forward lookup zone in DNS and that will create the new domain. 8)
     
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    sorry, what i meant what that if server1 is set as a DC for test.domain, then it couldnt also be the DC for int.test.domain (the child domain of test.domain).
     
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    I don’t think you can do that but I may be wrong.

    If you have a separate stand-alone server add the DC role and then select ‘child domain’. After that select your parent domain and supply the credentials of the domain admin and the wizard will do the rest. 8)
     
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    As far as I'm aware, if you have a DC it is only for the domain that is controlling.

    You can have a dns zone for another name space if that's what you mean (I think?)
     
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    Fergal, it's not so much an *if* as a *must* you must install DNS on your DC and point your clients and the DC itself at it. DNS for an Active Directory domain is more complex than just pure name resolution, so your Netgear box will not support local DNS queries and Active Directory needs local DNS support.

    You can set up your new local DNS server to forward queries that it is not authoritative for (jargon for external queries to the Internet) by putting your ISPs (or other Internet DNS servers) IP addresses into the forwarders tab in the properties of your shiny new DNS server. This will make more sense once you have got it running locally.
     
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    I think that is not difference between you make DNS before making AD and you make DNS immediately after you make AD'.

    But better you make it before making DC
     
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