Installing/Configuring a new DNS server
Posted on 2007-03-30
I have a domain controller that I need to demote. I have built a new DC and I have installed DNS, but it's not configured. Looking at the properties of the DC that I want to demote, I see settings that I don't see on the DC that does not have DNS configured (makes sense). Looking at the properties of my Forward lookup zone on the DC that I need to demote, I see that this AD integrated and that the zone is set up to replicate to all of the domain controllers in the domain (again, that makes sense). Dynamic updates are set to secure and nonsecure (Microsoft Default), and it seems like each DC (I also have 2 W2K DCs that will be demoted as well) are their own SOA server.
After that long description, my question is about the configuration of DNS on my newest DC. If I go the the dnsmgmt.msc and select "action"->"Configure a DNS server", it brings up a wizard and I don't want to complete the wizard if I'm going to mess something up. I'm new to setting up DNS and I want to make sure that I don't do something that will mess up my internal name space.
BTW, our site is hosted off site, so my namespace is used to resolve internal addresses and requests are forwarded to our host. (At least in theory I think that's how it's set up).
I'm also interested in how the forwarders should be set up. I assume the forwarders are servers on my network that direct internet traffic the name servers at my site host.
Please explain this to me like I'm a "4 year old".
Thanks for the reply!!