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DNS / WINS address setup on Servers?

I have a DNS / WINS address setup question:

We have 2 Windows 2003 Servers:
Server1 = Primary Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP, WINS
Server2 = Backup Domain Controller, Backup Global Catalog, DNS, WINS, Exchange

Right now it is setup:
Server1:
IP address = 192.168.1.10
DNS = 192.168.1.10, 192.168.1.11
WINS = 192.168.1.10, 192.168.1.11

Server2:
IP address = 192.168.1.11
DNS = 192.168.1.11, 192.168.1.10
WINS = 192.168.1.11, 192.168.1.10

What is the best way to set the DNS / WINS addresses up in the NIC properties?

Should Server1's DNS / WINS address come first or Server2's on each server?

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ES13Raven
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bluetabCommented:
I always setup the primary first on the NIC.  The reason being is that your servers don't replicate all the time, once or twice a day usually, so your Server2 may not always be current (though it should be pretty close).
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KCTSCommented:
All DNS and WINS servers should use themselves as their preferred server, the logic is simple, the machine can refer to itself and avoid unnecessary network delays etc in returning results. Other machines can be added as alternate servers to be used shoud the service on the machine not be available for any reason.

The replication issue as mentiond by bluetab is a bit of a red herring as we are dealing with multi-master databases here, so it is possible that both or either servers could have updated information that has not replicated to the other, there is no primary and secondary server.
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bluetabCommented:
Good points KCTS.  Another thing I wasn't thinking of is that if your DNS/WINS servers are in different sites it's better to have themselves be the primary so you are not using unneccessary bandwidth by sending the requests across your Internet connection
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KCTSCommented:
True
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