_msdcs delegation

Discussion in 'DNS Server' started by R Stovall, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. R Stovall

    R Stovall Guest

    Good morning all,

    I have a quick question about the _msdcs delegation in the forest root zone
    of a 2003 environment with a couple of child domains. This forest root
    domain has two domain controllers. I've noticed that the delegation only
    points to one of these DCs, the original DC in the forest.

    Shouldn't the delegation point to all the DCs in the domain that are also
    DNS servers? I'm in a lab environment at the moment and have added the
    second DC to the delegation with no ill effects.

    Also, any thoughts on the exact role of this delegation would be appreciated.


    R Stovall, Aug 28, 2005
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  2. Hello RS,

    it usually should, but you need to configure delegations manually. On the
    other hand, if every Windows DC runs DNS (dsintegrated and holds a copy of
    the _msdcs.forest.root) and all Clients and Servers are querying the Windows
    Servers it is not necessary to configure the delegation, since every
    DNS-Server knows the Content of _msdcs and does not need to ask other system
    he would find via the delegation.

    Gruesse - Sincerely,

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    Ulf B. Simon-Weidner [MVP], Aug 28, 2005
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  3. R Stovall

    R Stovall Guest

    Super. That's pretty much what I thought, and it makes perfect sense.

    Thanks for the ultra fast reply.

    R Stovall, Aug 28, 2005
  4. Ulf B. Simon-Weidner [MVP], Aug 28, 2005
  5. Actually the _msdcs.forestroot zone is usually forest wide replication and
    should replicate to all DNS servers in the forest, even the child domain's
    DCs. So the Child DCs should be in the delegation, too.

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