DNS Servers setup in a single domain two sites configuration.

Posted on 2006-06-05
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
We are setting up a branch office in its own site, but part of the same domain as the main site. The servers are Windows 2003 server with a T1 to connect them.

There will be one DC/GC/DHCP server in the Branch and 12 clients. The site has a local default gateway for internet traffic.

The main site has 3 DC,2 GC, 2 DNS, 2 DHCP, 1 WINS and 1 Exchange. This site also has a local default gateway.

The question is how to setup DNS at the remote site that point to the local default gateway?


Question by:PTExpert
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    Hi PTExpert,

    your DNS doesnt affect your gateway..... you just need to make sure your zones are AD inegrated and they will replicate with your AD to the remote sites, if you are running DHCP, just point the clients at site two to the local Domain Controller/DNS server and to the gateway as approp

    3 DC's is overkill for one site, you should have 2 DC's per site (where possible) and minimum of 1 DNS server per site, ever DC can be a DNS server quite happily
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    can i ask why the C grading? if you need clarification i can always give you more help.....

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    Hi Jay Jay70

    I found what I was looking for in a Microsoft Press book. The ISP at each location provided forwarding DNS for resolving queries. I was looking for how to make sure each DNS uses it's local resolver for DNS. The anwers is "enable netmask ordering" which is selected by default. "DNS servers in Windows Server 2003 first return to the client any IP address that is in the same subnet as the clent." Each DNS server will use it local resolver from their ISP. Each client will by default contact it local DNS Server.


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    no problems   just wanted to clarify    

    all the best!

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