Windows 2000 Server / Configuring Windows DNS without Active Directory
Posted on 2003-02-22
I am new to the server world and am quickly becoming frustrated with DNS. Here is the deal: I'd like to setup Windows DNS, but I'm using a workgroup (called "WORKGROUP") and the server name is "GENESIS". I've tried to setup DNS with those settings, but with no luck. I get the following error message:
Event Type: Warning
Event Source: DNS
Event Category: None
Event ID: 414
Time: 12:07:03 AM
The DNS server machine currently has no DNS domain name. Its DNS name is a single label hostname with no domain (example: "host" rather than "host.microsoft.com").
You might have forgotten to configure a primary DNS domain for the server computer. For more information, see either "DNS server log reference" or "To configure the primary DNS suffix for a client computer" in the online Help.
While the DNS server has only a single label name, all zones created will have default records (SOA and NS) created using only this single label name for the server's hostname. This can lead to incorrect and failed referrals when clients and other DNS servers use these records to locate this server by name.
To correct this problem:
1) open ControlPanel
2) open System applet
3) select NetworkIdentification tab
4) click the "Properties" button and enter a domain name or workgroup name; this name will be used as your DNS domain name
5) reboot to initialize with new domain name
After reboot, the DNS server will attempt to fix up default records, substituting new DNS name of this server, for old single label name. However, you should review to make sure zone's SOA and NS records now properly use correct domain name of this server.
So, then I tried renaming the workgroup to "WEBSTRIKER.NET" which is a domain I own. I'm under the impression that I can't create a domain named "WEBSTRIKER.NET" until the name servers listed in WHOIS refer to my ISPs servers. Anyway, could somebody please tell me how to configure DNS without setting up a domain. Can it be done? I have it working right now that if I ping a domain that I setup from the server it replies with the IP address I'd like. However, with my Windows XP Pro laptop configured with my server's IP address as the only DNS server, when I ping the same domain name I get the old server.
Please help! I have 100% confidence in you guys (and gals).