Do I need to rename my domain / create a new domain / re-install?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Roland, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. Roland

    Roland Guest

    Hi All

    This is my first newsgroup post for SBS 2003 and I am very new to server
    operating system configuration but get by with a little help from my friends.
    All input is greatly appreciated.

    Current Network Configuration
    -----------------------------------

    - Single Server with SBS 2003 installed acting as Domain Controller with
    DHCP enabled.

    - Three client computers running XP SP2 currently part of the Active
    Directory Domain.

    Background / Issue
    ---------------------

    I configured a domain during the SBS inistall and instead of appending the
    recommended ".local" to the end of the domain I added the suffix
    "internal.com".

    ie: acme.internal.com where "acme" is my external site -- www.acme.com

    In doing this, I "thought" I would be avoiding future domain name collisions.

    LAN communication appears to work as expected with the exception of the
    following:

    If a ping is performed on a computer that does not exist in Active
    Directory, the route taken is "computer_name.acme.internal.com" -- as
    expected -- but the ping resolves to an external public IP address in the
    www.internal.com domain (not what I had expected).

    I had hoped that internal.com would not be referenced during the ping
    operation with my suffixed domain.

    Ipconfig /all reports the DNS Suffix Search List as "acme.internal.com"

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Computer_Name
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : acme.internal.com
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : acme.internal.com
    : acme.internal.com

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : acme.internal.com
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit
    Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : <my mac address>
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
    192.168.1.1 (ip of router)

    Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, August 17, 2005
    12:18:55 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, August 25, 2005
    12:18:55 PM


    Tried:
    -------

    Found a domain rename utility on the Microsoft site but it is not supported
    for SBS 2003.

    Questions:
    ----------

    Should I have prefixed my external domain with the word "internal" rather
    than suffix it? ie: internal.acme.com

    Since I am conflicting with www.internal.com , how can I resolve the
    conflict? I am open to renaming my Active Directory Domain.

    Thank you so much for reading this post!

    Best Regards,
    /Roland
     
    Roland, Aug 17, 2005
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  2. Roland

    Matt Gibson Guest

    Your SBS server should ONLY be pointing to itself for DNS.

    Matt Gibson - GSEC
     
    Matt Gibson, Aug 17, 2005
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  3. Roland

    Roland Guest

    Thank you for the VERY FAST reply Matt. Removing the router ip from server's
    TCP/IP DNS list resolved the issue.

    Thank You
    /Roland
     
    Roland, Aug 17, 2005
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  4. Roland

    Matt Gibson Guest

    *Grin*

    Glad to help.

    You'll find that messing up the DNS is the #1 issue with SBS boxes.

    Matt Gibson - GSEC
     
    Matt Gibson, Aug 17, 2005
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