AD and DNS

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I just promoted my Server to a DC. When i ran dcpromo i forgot to choose the option to let dcpromo install and setup dns for me. I installed DNS seperately. How can I prepare the DNS to work with AD?
Question by:Albert1809
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    There's not too much to do. Let your DC point to itself only for DNS resolution, let all of your domain members point to the DC only as well.
    On your DNS server, create a reverse lookup zone, and make sure that dynamic updates are enabled for all your internal zones.
    If present, delete the root zone (".") in your forward lookup zones, and configure forwarders to point to your ISP's DNS servers for external name resolution.
    In addition, you might want to change your AD zones to be AD integrated.
    Once you've configured this, open a command prompt and enter "ipconfig /registerdns", then stop and re-start the netlogon service. Check if the host entry for your DC has been created, and SRV records have been created (see link below).
    Here's some additional information that might be useful:

    Setting Up the Domain Name System for Active Directory

    Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 2000 DNS and Windows Server 2003 DNS

    Best practices for DNS client settings in Windows 2000 Server and in Windows Server 2003

    Troubleshooting Active Directory DNS Errors in Windows 2000

    HOW TO: Troubleshoot DNS Name Resolution on the Internet in Windows 2000

    HOW TO: Configure DNS for Internet Access in Windows 2000

    Troubleshooting Common Active Directory Setup Issues in Windows 2000

    How to Verify the Creation of SRV Records for a Domain Controller

    How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows

    How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows XP

    HOW TO: Use the Network Diagnostics Tool (Netdiag.exe) in Windows 2000

    DCDiag and NetDiag in Windows 2000 Facilitate Domain Join and DC Creation

    Do not install the Support Tools from your installation CD, some tools were updates by the Service Packs. Here's the current version:
    Windows 2000 SP4 Support Tools

    SRV Resource Records May Not Be Created on Domain Controller
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