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I was wondering after reading the link below, what name to choose for my local office domain since I have a online domain registered. The thing is right now my local server has nothing to do with my on-line domain so I wanted to know what really to choose since in the future I may want to have my server to manage my on-line domain as weel, I heard that if you add(local) ex: jdff.local.com, this domain will be forever local, is that true? so here's my on-line domain jdff.com I was thinking to setup office.jdff.com on my server, is that good? What is very important to know when choosing a local domain name, is there any conflicting problem with on-line domains, cause I've seen weird ones like office.delta.mab.loop.

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I forgot to mention the link.

http://www.winnetmag.com/Article/ArticleID/38998/38998.html

I'm sorry.
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Hi jdff,



Naming your internal Domain jdff.local is a good admin and security configuration. It stops the confuson of naming the internal Domain the same as your public external domain.

Eg. If you called your internal Domain jdff.com, when you try to access your public web site www.jdff.com, the internal DNS server would get confused, as well as external sources (i.e. hackers) would know your internal naming standard.

By dividing the two domain names up in to an Internal name (jdff.local) and the publice external name (jdff.com) it makes life easier to visualise and manage, plus adds in some further security.

By avoid using any real .net/.com./tv extensions on the internal domain, it will avoid any clashes with live public (internet) domain names.

You can use .local/ .int /.inside/ .private/ .mouse basically anything you feel like, but try to keep the name as short as possible and make it meaningfully to you.

This is a fairly standard naming standards method.

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By internal (local) I mean your Active Directory name and External your public purchased domain name (i.e. www.jdff.com)
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Ok, thank you very much, now another question let's say that I use the same name as my external domain(jdff.com) cause I want to setup exchange in the future, so above you said that it will cause a internal/external DNS confusion, so that means if I do that my internal network won't be able to go to my website or something like that... or there is a way to proper configure....

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jdff,


Don't worry about Exchange. Build the internal Domain with jdff.local and add Exchange server. With Exhange you can add on external domain names, such as jdff.com or elivs.com, to Exchange and it won't cause and problems. Exchange is built that way and all your user email account will have the @jdff.com appended to them.

Email will be routed to your MX public record (something like mail.jdff.com) and then your firewall will re-direct that to your internal exchange server. It does all the hard work.



If you get suck when you get to exchange post back on the Exchange section.

Hope that clears things up.
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What90 thank you very much, very clear explanation. I'll keep you in mind whenever I need network help.

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No problem.
Just glad it made sense - was in a rush to get to the pub for lunch time drinks ;-)

One last thing, I'd write up the naming standards first for the domain, computer names and whatever else (like users and group) and run it pass someone else. It's a great sanity check, especial if a non-technical person can understand what your doing with the names and their meanings.
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Ok, a question was borned... on active directory I saw a folder for computers, now what does it do , cause I never add any computer on that section I only and the user name and log on the user name from the workstation computer so I was curious about the computers section.

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That the default Computer creation container.

If you simply add a computer to your domain and haven't already created the computer account in AD it will place the new computer account there.

It's up to you if you want to use it.

There is another default container called Users. It's excatly the same thing for User and group objects.
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Thanks again. Dou you know about multilink connections?

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In what context and what do you want to do with them?

As I'm about to bugger off home ( slack i know, but the boss left 2 hours ago so why the hey not ;-)),
 you may want to open up a new thread and post the question there otherwise you got me for the next 20 minutes!
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Don't worry I'll open another thread, you did a hell of a job. Thanks again. I also posted one about RIS servers if there is something you can do to help.

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