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Windows 2003 DNS Records Order

Posted on 2006-07-21
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I'm new to Windows 2003 Server and was wondering about the following:
(explanation in details, sorry for being a newbie :D)
If my computer name is DC and i decide to configure it as domain controller, i would:

1. Configure my NIC with static IP
IP: 192.168.1.100
Mask: 255.255.255.0
GW: 192.168.1.1
DNS: 192.168.1.100
2. Start Manage your server
3. Add remove a role
4. Choose the DNS Server option then install - Next , next, next..........
5. Create a Forward and Reverse lookup zones, Yes create a forward lookup zone
6. Primary zone
7. And here is where i get stuck

If i want to have my domain name to be say mydomain.local since that would be an intranet DNS do i put the whole name "dc.mydomain.local" or just the mydomain.local. Or i can do it either or but i have to add another PTR record later on to fix the resolve?

8. Allow both secure and nonsecure.....
9. Yes create reverse lookup zone
10. Primary zone ..... 192.168.1........Allow both secure and non secure.....Yes i would like to forward queries to ISP DNS....I put in my ISPs IPs
11. Finish

And there you go the first problem, nslookup cannot resolve. However when i create PTR for dc.mydomain.local in reverse lookup things almost work the way they should. Then i have to create two A records in forward based on ip for dc.mydomain.local and for mydomain.local. Is this the right way?

12. Also if i want to make sure that all the machines in my subnet are resolving through the Windows 2003 Server i should setup DHCP on it rather than manually changing the DNS ips on each individual client. I think i got that part ok

13. Also if i nslookup dc is it supposed to say a non-existent domain since that's the name of the server or it's also supposed to resolve as if i nslooup mydomain.local.

I want to make sure that DNS works properly before i proceed to installing DHCP and AD after that. Could anyone give me some advise on that. Thanks.
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by:brwwiggins
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If you want your domain name to be mydomain.local then just put mydomain.local into the wizard. dc.mydomain.local is the FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) for that server. If you create a domain called dc.mydomain.local it will be a sub domain of mydomain.local.

Once you do this, the PTR record and A record for the computer named DC should get created automatically. You should not have to create these

Everything else sounds ok. One other thing, if the computers are not part of the domain, then I would use DHCP to hand out the DNS Domain name (option 015) that way the computers will append "mydomain.local" to queries.
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by:vaworx
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Thanks for the info, it turns out i had to run ipconfig /registerdns to fix the issue. Also another issue that i bumped into while installing AD was super slow logon's from the client side. Then i Enabled WINS and Enable NetBIOS ove TCP/IP and now the machines logon and logout super fast :D. Is that the way to go, why is that happening especially since i haven't installed a WINS role on my server. Windows networking go figure....

P.S. When i have a domain account can i manipulate the local machine from the server so that on the local machine the user will have Power User right instead of User or i have to add the user manually on the local machine?

Please advise...
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Any ideas?...
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Hi, sorry for the delayed response.

You can manipulate the local machine my going to AD computers and users, right click and select manage. This will allow you to add users to the local administrators group.
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