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Add a DNS record which forwards all .something to athe specified server

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Hi,

We have an Active Directory and have problems configuring our DNS. We have a development machine with a lot of websites. But we do not want to add each new entry to the DNS server (for example www.cj_s.dev). So what we want is that everything that ends with .dev will forward to the development machine.

We have a windows 2000 server, and thus cannot use conditional forwarding. Is there anything we can do?
I remember that it was easier with Windows NT to do this.

CJ.
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    by:Chris Dent

    I think there are a few options for this.

    1. Set up a Secondary Zone (Slave) file for the .dev domain with the .dev Server as the Master.

    2. Set up a Stub Zone for the .dev domain.

    I forget if Windows 2000 DNS supports Stub Zones, nothing to test that out on here.
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    by:marc_nivens
    FYI Windows 2000 does not support stub zones.
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    by:CJ_S
    Our primary DNS zone is not .dev, but .hvdh. Does that make a difference?

    I am not a system administrator so you'll need to direct me some more :-) Thanks in advance!

    CJ.
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    by:Chris Dent

    heh figures. I never liked Windows DNS anyway ;)
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    by:CJ_S
    Neither do I, but I do need to solve this :-(

    Anybody?
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    by:Chris Dent

    That doesn't matter CJ. Here's a brief (and hopefully accurate) discription of how:

    Just for clarity I'll refer to them as Server1 (your main DNS) and Server2 (your Dev DNS).

    1. On Server1 add Server2 to the DNS Manager view (select DNS, New Server, IP of the .dev Server)

    2. On Server1, select New Zone and Secondary. Give this the same name as your .dev domain and the IP of Server2.

    3. On Server2 add a Name Server Record with the IP Address of Server1.

    For 3 you should also be able to do that through the Right Click menu, but I don't have one to hand so I can't check exactly I'm afraid. Marc might have more accurate instructions? :)
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    by:CJ_S
    Still, we can't get it work. Do we really need two DNS servers? We installed one on the development machine, but cannot get the DNS to work...

    :-( I just wish we had a smarter system administrator.

    CJ.
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    by:Chris Dent

    No, you don't need two DNS Servers.

    The zones you have are entirely seperate and should be able to exist quite happily on a single DNS.
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    by:CJ_S
    Chris-Dent,

    We're still stuck. At the first step you described. At server 1 we cannot add another server. All we can do when we rightclick on the MachineName is add a new Zone.
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    by:Chris Dent

    Ahh, you should be able to right click on the very top, which should just be DNS. That should give you a right click option to "Connect to DNS Server".
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    by:Chris Dent

    Sorry about that, I didn't explain that bit too well.
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    by:CJ_S
    Thats cool :-) But we don't have a DNS server on the development environment. We do have several servers in our AD but only of them is the DNS server.
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    by:Chris Dent

    Ahhh... Sorry I misunderstood a little - I assumed since you were forwarding there it had DNS running on it.

    You will either need to add a new zone on your main DNS to handle the .dev requests, or add a new DNS on the .dev network and a Slave zone on the live DNS to handle it.

    Personally I recommend just adding a zone to the live DNS to keep it in one place, admitedly this doesn't really get around the problem of having to add the records..
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    by:CJ_S
    Mmm, are there really no options to do what I want?
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    by:Chris Dent

    None that I can think of I'm afraid.

    What you're asking is technically outside the scope of DNS since, to function properly, it should be finding a Start of Authority for the Zone you're trying to get to, then asking for the details.
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    by:CJ_S
    AD made life difficult....:-(

    So, could I perhaps do something with a router?
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    Well a router doesn't really do much with Names, in many cases only IP Traffic so I couldn't say at this point how the router would help..
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    by:CJ_S
    bah bah :(
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    by:Chris Dent

    Sorry it wasn't much help :-\
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    by:CJ_S
    It's cool :-) I'll make it the problem of our system administrator... already spent too much time trying to resolve this.
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