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What DNS settings on a server 2003 workstation.

I have a server running Server 2003 a router and 5 PC's. The TCPIP settings for the server 192.168.1.2 and router 192.168.1.1. The stations have a fixed ip and we use pipex (DNS 158.43.240.4) as am ISP. The users complain that it takes 20 mins to log on in the moroning. What should I set the workstation & server DNS to as I am told it takes this long because they are wrongly set and they are looking for the DNS on the internet. I am using a single NIC in the server and I am not using proxy server, IIS or sharepoint. The workstations connect to the internet throuigh the router. Can anyone unconfuse me please?
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michellecheeseman
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

Hey,

You're running Active Directory on the 2003 Server?

If so, all internal clients and servers should be configured to use the 2003 Server as the Preferred DNS Server in TCP/IP configuration. The Alternate DNS Server box should be blank.

The case is fairly simple. When a client tries to logon it has to find a Server to authenticate against. In Active Directory Domains all that information is stored in DNS, if the client is not able to get that information you get massive delays while it tries, tries again, and finally failed.

If availability of DNS is a concern in this then a second Domain Controller should be brought online (with the costs associated with that). Otherwise clients would normally just have to put up with any minor outages if the server is rebooting. Afterall, it's got to beat 20 minutes to log on every day.

Chris
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