Hosting My oen DNS

Posted on 2008-06-18
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I have my DNS through my ISP, but i want to host my own DNS with my domain. How would i go by giving my server that Capability and having onsite?
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Kieran_Burns earned 1000 total points
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On the Server you wish to Host DNS on:
Control Panel
Add remove programs
Windows Components
Networking Services

Once that is done you need to add the local domain forward lookup zones
Right Click forward lookup zone, add. The name MUST be the same as the domain you are hosting the records for
You also need to add you ISP DNS Server IP address in the properties of the Server
Right click Server name, properties, forwarders, add IP address(es)

Add the reverse DNS zones if you wish to resolve the name from the IP address
Just add new reverse zone(s) that correspond to the subnet(s) in use

You'll need to change your primary DNS entry for all devices internally to point to your new DNS Server.
Once they start to talk to it, you'll see entries appear

I think I've covered the basics
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by:Andres Perales
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http://bind8nt.meiway.com/publicDNS.cfm is a good read...also would recommend that this machine be in your DMZ and that nothing else of importance be setup on this machine.

this machine does not have to be a monster machine either.

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i have server 2003, i want to install activie directory aswell as hosting DNS, i would still have to use 1 of my ISP's DNS? since i only have one here onsite?
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If you wish to use AD you will need a local DNS Server set up.

You would only use your ISP DNS as a forwarder and never for local name resolution (i.e. the ISP would resolve addresses outside of your AD domain and your own DNS Server for those within)
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by:Andres Perales
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I would not, say again would not host your public dns, with your AD integrated dns or give outside access to your inside DNS server / Domain Controller.  

For active directory to work you must have an internal DNS server.  To setup public dns i would use two separate machines located in a dmz of sorts, they will need to have their own ip addresses and you will need to get them registered...

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