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What is "Forwarder" in DNS Server?

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Hi,

1. Could somebody explain related to the term "FORWARDER" in DNS Sever?
2. My Questions: i) Please firstly explain it with your own WORDINGS(With Examples if possible) , ii)Secondly with the "links" if any
3. Thank you

Tjie
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A forwarder in a dns server is an other dns server to which dns queries go when the first server can't resolve.

For example:
You have a dns server A in your domain, a client requests www.experts-exchange.com, dns server A doesn't have this record. If you have configured a DNS forwarder (like your ISP dns server) dns server A queries this request with this server (and so on till the record is found) then returning it to the client.

Default a (microsoft) dns server has root-hint who do the same, but by setting a forwarder you can control where your request are going and make 1 exception in your firewall.

Here's a link from Microsoft explaning it :
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782142.aspx
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A forwarder is where your DNS server goes to get information.  If it cannot find the record in its own database, it will recurse outward to other servers until it finds the record, or fails.  Usually a DNS server will go through the DNS root name servers.  You can specify a forward lookup server though, in which case it will always go to that other DNS server (often your ISP's DNS server(s)) to do recursive lookups.  Best practices is to NOT do that though, as if that server is down, you get no lookups.  A root name server lookup has more redundancy in the event there is a downded server.
 
http://www.tech-faq.com/understanding-dns-queries-and-lookups.shtml
http://www.grape-info.com/doc/win2000srv/internet-gw/dns_forward/index.html
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In your domain, you would have a DNS server. This would have a list of A records. These are a list of names mapped to ip addresses.
If the name is not resolved, DNS will look up the name in the root DNS zone
If you have a forwarder setup. Instead of looking up the name in he root zone, the name is sent to the forwarder ip adress which is another dns server and is tried to resolved there.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782142.aspx

Hope that makes sense
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A DNS server is responcible for resolving ip addresses from names it is given to query i.e www.google.com

If a forwarder is configured on a DNS server it's the address of another DNS server it will send queries to it's not responcible for answering.

Normally when you configure server 2003 you would use the forwarder setting within the DNS Server properties so that extrenal DNS requests go to your ISP's DNS server
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