DHCP and DNS in a workgroup with Windows 2003

Posted on 2006-05-08
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I am running Windows 2003 Enterprise Server.  I have a few XP clients.  All machines are in a workgroup (no domain and AD).  I setup DHCP and DNS on the 2003 server.  DHCP is working but DNS is not.  DNS zone is setup as primary.  I have created a Forward Lookup Zone as and dynamic updates for the zone as nonsecure and secure.  All the clients can get the an IP address with the address of the DNS server from DHCP but when I ping other PCs from any PC, it does not resolve the name.

Can't figure out why DDNS is not working.
Question by:koujaianh
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    Hi koujaianh,

    you will need to manually add host records in for workgroup environments

    this however leads me to my next point WHY do you not have AD installed/?? you have probably seen me ranting about the evils of workgroups! promote your server! it will take you like 20 mins to have it up and running!
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    Yes Jay Jay is right

    have a look at this link to explain the differance's between work
    -group and domain

    Author Comment

    Thanks guys.

    davy999, can you post that link again?  It is not in your message.
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