WIN 2003 DNS Concept

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Scott, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. Scott

    Scott Guest

    I just setup a new WIN 2003 Stand. Edition server that is mjy PDC. I
    understand the basics of DNS, but need to understand a concept.

    When going through DCPROMO wizard, 1 screen asks if I want DNS setup. I
    choose yes.

    What else do I need to do to make the server go to my ISP's DNS server and
    get dns records?

    Basically I just want my server to get dns records from my ISP, keep them
    cached on the server, but fetch them from ISP when needed.

    In the state I'm in, is this server just setup to take care of the DNS
    records of my local area network?
    Scott, Feb 17, 2006
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  2. 1. First make sure that your server in manually configured with a static IP
    address and that it points only to itself for DNS.

    2. Go to Administrative Tools - DNS. Right click the server and select
    Properties. Click the Forwarders tab, check the box for Enable forwarders,
    then add the IP address of your ISP's DNS server. Note - if the Forwarders
    tab is grayed out or not accessible, delete the "." zone.

    Doug Sherman
    Doug Sherman [MVP], Feb 17, 2006
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  3. Scott

    Mr. Backup Guest

    If you are dcproming your server you are making it the domain controler and
    root of your active directory.
    Also an SOA for your domain names records.

    Your server is now a DNS Server and will pull its records from the ROOT DNS
    So unless your ISP is blocking DNS request from third party DNS Servers,
    your DNS server will work fine this way. Now that you have your own DNS
    server for your network, your in control of what it does updates etc... to
    foward to your ISP seems a bit odd now doesnt it.
    Mr. Backup, Feb 17, 2006
  4. Scott

    Scott Guest

    what's SOA mean?
    Scott, Feb 18, 2006
  5. Scott

    Scott Guest

    for example, on all client xp pc's, dns server 1 would be my pdc server and
    dns server 2 would be my ISP.

    If a xp client requests a web page, it would check the pdc server, if it
    doesn't find the url, then check the ISP DNS server.

    Would your instructions accomplish this?
    Scott, Feb 18, 2006
  6. SOA = Start of Authority.
    Todd J Heron [MVP], Feb 18, 2006
  7. No. If the DC returns a host not found response, the client will not query
    the secondary server.

    Doug Sherman
    Doug Sherman [MVP], Feb 20, 2006
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