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DNS Server - Host Settings?

If i set my domain (at registrars control panel) to point to ns1.mydomain.com and ns2.mydomain.com how do i setup the host headers for this? If there even called host headers in dns. Basically how do i tell my dns server running on my dedcated 2003 server to answer to ns1 and ns2 requests?

I already set it up on my registars panel to point ns1 and ns2 to my ip address, but if i ping ns1.mydomain.com it sends back the correct ip address of the server, but the ping times out. how can i verify that my dns server is sending out answers to dns queries or functioning properly?

BTW, i dont use AD
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tyminerAuthor Commented:
or does it not even need host headers. For instance if you have an ftp or mail server it automatically responds to incoming traffic on its port(s) without having to setting up a host header for ftp or mail (i.e. ftp.mydomain.com) in there respective programs
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bluetabCommented:
First, the ping will time out unless you have opened a port on the router to allow ICMP (ping) traffic through to your DNS server.  
why do you want to host your own external DNS servers?  This opens your computer up to a lot of unneccessary network traffic and security risks.  You will have to open up your router to point DNS traffic to your servers.  The registrars often offer great DNS services for your public domain.  Most businesses only have www, mail, and ftp DNS records and they put these on the registrars name servers.  
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bluetabCommented:
On a follow-up you should use your DNS servers for internal name resolution.  So your DNS servers should be the primary DNS server on all client computers.  Your DNS server will forward external name requests from your network to a public DNS server for name resolution.
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