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Zones in DNS

Peter_Fabri
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I am currently working through a DNS book and reading the chapter about configuring a zone through the Configure DNS server Wzard. I'm ok about Forward and Reverse lookup zones. What I'm not sure about are the zone(s) themselves. Do I need to set-up at least one zone, does it depend on how I want my home network to develop, does it matter what I call them as long as they end in .com? Are they essential if I want to install Active Directory, which I still want to do?

I don't want to rush through all this in case I encounter problems later. Books tend to show you what you can do and not always why you would need to!

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Ok That's fine. I am not going to register my domain name though, I simply want to practice network administgration on my server/workstation.

So, when the Wizard ask for a name for my (first) new zone, I can write Peter_Fabri.com. From your advice above, I can go through the same procedure and attach as many prefixes as I want? Sorry If this sounds like I haven't understood, but I do want to get things absolutely clear in my own mind.

Thereafter I need to setup Forward & Reverse lookup znes for each subdomain, but I notice that the network ID seems incomplete, ie 192.168.100. This just seems starnge to me but must work as it's part of the OS!

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Once I've setup at least one zone (Peter_Fabri.com) and, say, a sub zone (test.Peter_fabri.com), can I now install Active Directory or do I need further preparation?

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