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Remote administration of MS DNS on NT4?

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I have a co-located web server and am in the process of co-locating a DNS server as well.  I need to add/modify/delete records remotely.  If anyone has a solution that doesn't involve apps like pcAnywhere or VNC, please let me know.  Preferably with no extra cost.  Thanks in advance.
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Good question!!  I just copied the dnsadmin.exe from my DNS server to my BDC, which does not run DNS, and it worked!!!  Gonna try it on my NT Workstation...
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It worked from my Windows 2000 Professional computer as well.  It should work from NT Workstation as well.  Just find and copy the DNSADMIN.EXE icon in the C:\winnt\system32 dir on the DNS machine to the C:\winnt\system32 dir on your "remote" machine, create a shortcut on your desktop.  When you open it for the first time, you may have to click on DNS > Add Server and supply the IP of the DNS server.

I'm not sure, but since this is an NT utility, it probably verifies security, and communicates with server over ports 135, 137, 138, and 139.  So you may have to poke holes in your firewall...

Since I like to give thorough answers...

Just tried it from a 98 machine, and as expected, it does not work...
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Thank you for your prompt response.  The thought of running dnsadmin.exe on a machine not running the service never crossed my mind.  Thanks again.
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I've found that a lot of NT utils work that way, WINS Manager, DHCP, User Manager, etc...
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>Thank you for your prompt response

Glad some one appreciates the fact that I'm up at this hour...  my wife sure doesn't!!!
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