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Is there an issue using .local as the Top Level for a FQDN?

Posted on 2007-11-16
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Hi All,

Very simple question, hoping someone can answer nice and quickly.

I was reading a microsoft forum the other day and one of the Microsoft Technicians was advising against using .local as the Top Level Domain.  He said apparently it causes issues in the long run with AD and DNS.  Instead, he advised to use either .internal or .int.

Has anyone ever had any issues with this?  Can't see how this would make any difference but thought i'd throw it out there to ask all you experts and see what you thought.

Cheers,
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If you're determined to use a nonstandard TLD in your domain name, avoid the use of .local or .pvt because they aren't reserved. Instead, use one of these reserved top-level domains:

    * .test
    * .example
    * .invalid
    * .localhost

You can find more information about these names in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFC) 2606. Remember, if you use these nonstandard DNS names, you can't obtain certificates from a third-party Certificate Authority (CA), which might cause problems for your organization.

And the below from Microsoft themselves, states that .local currently isnt registered on the internet.

Three practical methods to name the DNS domain are:
•      Make the name a private domain name that is used for name resolution on the internal Small Business Server network. This name is usually configured with the first-level domain of .local. At the present time, the .local domain name is not registered on the Internet.
•      Make the name a sub-domain of a publicly registered domain name. For example, if the publicly registered domain name is Contoso.com, a sub-domain of Corp.contoso.com can be used.
•      Make the name the same as a publicly registered domain name.
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Fantastic Reply.

Thanks very much LextricX for your very prompt reply.  Well Deserved Points.  Cheers.
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