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Are Root DNS necessary for AD Integrated DNS ?

We have a small (only three Domain Controllers) Windows 2000 based Active Directory domain separated by a firewall from the rest of the corporate INTRANET.
This is a Honeywell process control network domain and needs to be separated form the corporate users.

DNS is integrated with Active Directory and they all show up as 'roots'.

I'd like to configure the DNS so that it can use the 'forwarders'.
In other words, if they can not resolve the names (on behalf of their clients), they should forward the request to DNS servers on the corporate network.

However, when I click on the 'Forwarders' tab, it comes back with an error telling me that this feature is not available for the 'root servers' !?

QUESTION: How to configure 'Forwarders' on my small domain ?
                   Do these DNS servers (AD integrated) need to be 'roots' ?
                   How to change them not to be 'roots' ?

TIA,

Mike
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The error message is likely referring to the "root zone" To remove this and enable forwarders see the following Microsoft article under "To Remove the Root DNS Zone"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300202
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Thanks Rob, but it appears that your suggested solution refers to a standlone DNS configuration.

My DNS is Active Directory integrated.

Is the procedure the same for AD integrated DNS ?

Could tehre be any negative effects to my AD domain if I delete/remove "root zones" ?

Since I have three AD Domain Controllers (i.e. DNS servers), I assume one of them will be pointing to the forwarder and the other two will point to the first one ?
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The master is here !  
Thanks Jay_Jay70
Great article by the way.
--Rob
Hardly! But thank you!

And that site is always great
Thanks luckymilos...and Jay_Jay70.
Cheers !
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pleasure - thanks Rob!