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We are signing up for a T1 line and one of the questions they as is "Do you have your own dns server?".  I'm not sure if I should answer yes or no.  We have a windows sbs 2003 domain controller running dns for our clients.  Does that mean I answer yes or no?  I feel like I still need access to a public dns server for anything using a static IP.
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well I think your answer would be no we dont have our own dns as you still need a public dns like you say. I mean your dns cannot resolve google.com for instance so their question is saying can your dns do what a public dns does.
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actually it does resolve google.com etc.  all our client computers have the dns settings pointing to the sbs server.  
but it probably resolves google because your server is using your isp's dns

anyway is this dns service provided by the t1 provider going to cost you anything

the reason they are asking is because a t1 is not normally for internet stuff but it is becoming more like that
If you have a t1 between buidlings for instance you wouldn't need dns as its effectively a connection between routers    
Typically the answer would be no. Your DNS server is only resolving the IP addresses of the devices on your LAN. Check your Windows SBS server DNS properties. Most likely you have a DNS forwarder setup to point to your ISP's DNS server. On the server, go to "Administrative Tools" and open "DNS". Right click on the server and choose "Properties". In the properties window that appears, click the "Forwarders" tab. Here you will most likely find entries for all other DNS domains (other than your internal addresses) forwarded to external DNS servers. The T1 provider needs to give you DNS servers that you can forward to after you switch over.
Typically the answer would be no. Your DNS server is only resolving the IP addresses of the devices on your LAN. Check your Windows SBS server DNS properties. Most likely you have a DNS forwarder setup to point to your ISP's DNS server. On the server, go to "Administrative Tools" and open "DNS". Right click on the server and choose "Properties". In the properties window that appears, click the "Forwarders" tab. Here you will most likely find entries for all other DNS domains (other than your internal addresses) forwarded to external DNS servers. The T1 provider needs to give you DNS servers that you can forward to after you switch over.
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LineSMJ,

That makes perfect sense.  But I'm still confused whether I should tell them I need dns servers or not.  They also ask me for my domain name which is not even hosted here.  They were going to use the dns servers for the domain name.  I'm not sure what the difference is between that and dsl.  With dsl we get dns servers but I don't really use them unless I want to bypass the sbs box for some reason.  I'm hoping it works the same way.
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