Active directory implementation

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Guest, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm in the process of planning for a new Windows 2003
    implementation, specifically choosing the internal domain
    name. I've heard rumours that it is best to name the
    internal domain differently from the external name i.e:

    Internal - micosoft.local
    External -

    What are people's suggestions/experiences with this? I
    personally prefere having the same name internally and


    Guest, Aug 27, 2004
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  2. The recommendation from the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Guide is to use
    your external registered name and take a sub zone from that as the DNS name
    for your Forest Root Domain

    See the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit for more information.
    online at



    Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

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    Mike Brannigan [MSFT], Aug 27, 2004
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  3. That is a common recommendation, as is registering another DNS name and using
    that internally. (external) (internal/AD)

    I try to stay away from using the same name for AD as you use externally
    because if you do you're either going to have to support DNS in two places
    (add DNS entries twice) or risk exposing a lot of internal information to the
    internet through your DNS. Supporting DNS in two different locations might
    not sound to bad right now, but the bigger the organization gets, the more
    difficult and un-usable this situation becomes.

    Phillip Renouf, Aug 27, 2004
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