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DHCP and DNS (not within an Actice Directory)

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Hello!

I have a Windows 2000 server running DHCP and DNS, but I cannot get the DHCP clients to get registered dynamically in the DNS.  Yes they are windows 2000 clients.

I am NOT running active directory.  This might be the problem, but I decided to ask here before giving up.  The reason we're not running AD is because we have a NT 4 domain that we cannot get rid of yet.

At any rate, all my clients (50 or so) get their DHCP assignments perfectly fine.  And they can use DNS to resolve all over the place, but they cannot resolve eachother, becuase they are not being inserted into DNS.  If I add a manual entry, they all find it fine.

There are no errors in Event Viewer from DHCP or DNS, or on the clients to give me any hints.  Maybe I need more detailed logging??

THANKS for all help and suggestions, to track this problem down.
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Question by:dban00b
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by:kabaam
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do you have the DHCP server set to conduct dynamic updates?  
Is the DNS server set to accept dynamic updates? General tab of zone properties
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by:JammyPak
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also, in the DNS properties of the clients, there's a checkbox 'register this connections addresses in DNS' - you'll want to check that off.
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by:dban00b
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DHCP:
006 DNS Servers (10.50.1.100)

main scope>Properties>DNS Tab:
Auto-checked (always)
discard-checked
enable updates for clients...-checked

DNS:
forward-loookup-zone "operations.local" > properties>General Tab
Status:Running
Type:Primary
ZoneFilename: "operations.local.dns"
Allow dynamic? - Yes

Reverse lookup zone "1.50.10.in-addr.arpa" >Propeties >General:
Status: Running
type: Primary
ZoneFilename "1.50.10.in-addr.arpa.dns"
Allow dynamic? - Yes

CLIENT:
Obtain IP Automatically
Obtain DNS Automatically

**I tried UN-checking the "register this connections..." box as JammyPak, and have restarted everyone.  With no change.

So Right now that box is NOT checked on my main test client.
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by:dban00b
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Yes 10.50.1.100 is the IP of the DHCP/DNS Server
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by:kabaam
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back to dhcp settings for a bit.

check 'always update dns'
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by:kabaam
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oops.. just read your post again... I see that was dones
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by:kabaam
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do you have the latest service packs installed?
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;262188
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Thanks Kabaam!!

That link you provided told how to query the SOA.  That query FAILED.  I fixed the typo, that prevented the SOA from being queried, and it starting working INSTANTLY.  Poof-50 dynamically inserted DNS records!!

THANKS AGAIN!
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no problem... glad to hear the problem is gone... gl
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