Using DNS to resolve local (netbios) names

Posted on 2004-09-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Ok, a few questions I have a windows2k/xp network.  

The problem:
I  have an internal DNS server and a DHCP server(windows 2000).
Name resolution works great withn network ( But when you try to resolve names that are in my second network (, it doesnt work.


1. I heard that you have to use DHCP in order for this to work?  Is this true? I'm using that as well.
2. Does having a windows 2000 DNS server automatically take control of name resolution
3. What used to do name resolution before Windows 2000 DNS came along?

Question by:dissolved
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ID: 11986987
you don't need a dhcp server to makes this work....

what you have to do is create a forward and reverse lookup zone for and add all the records for that zone....

then configure each client in to use the dns server in

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ID: 11987024
Ok, so in the forward zone I do a mapping of host names to IP names.  Kind of like a hosts file?

But what do I do in the reverse zone?

Thanks man

Expert Comment

ID: 11987058
in the reverse lookup zone you would do the same.... create a reverse lookup zone with the ip of the subnet the add ptr records .... or just create the reverse zone, then select 'create associated ptr record' when you create a record in the forward lookup zone....

also, enable dynamic updates for the zones and also check 'register this connections addresses' in the advanced tcp/ip dns settings....if you do this after you create the forward and reverse lookup zones, win2k and xp clients can update dns themselves.....
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Expert Comment

ID: 11987084
don't follow the last article exactly...i posted it as a general guide :-)

let me know if you need any further information....

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ID: 11987092
also check 'register this connections addresses' in the advanced tcp/ip dns settings ......(of all clients)....

thanks, and all the best to you.

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