how to setup a secondary DNS server

Posted on 2008-10-12
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How do I get  step by step instructions for how to setup in windows 2003 r2 a secondary DNS and Domain controller?
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Install Windows 2003 on the new machine
Assign the new computer an IP address and subnet mask on the existing network

Make sure that the preferred DNS server on new machine points to the existing DNS Server on the Domain (normally the existing domain controller)

Join the new machine to the existing domain as a member server

If the new Windows 2003 server is the R2 version and the existing set-up is not then you need to run Adprep  from CD2 of the R2 disks on the existing Domain controller. Adprep is in the \CMPNENTS\R2\ folder on CD2
you need to run

adprep /forestprep
adprep /domainprep

From the command line promote the new machine to a domain controller with the DCPROMO command from the command line Select Additional Domain Controller in an existing Domain

Once Active Directory is installed then install DNS. You can do this through Add/Remove Programs->Windows Components->Networking Services->DNS.  If you are using Active Directory Integrated DNS then DNS will br replicated from the other DC/DNS. You might also want to set it up with a forwarder http://www.petri.co.il/configure_dns_forwarding.htm

Its also a good idea make the new machine a global catalog server, go to Administrative Tools, Active Directory Sites and Services, Expand, Sites, Default first site and Servers. Right click on the new server and select properties and tick the Global Catalog checkbox. (Global catalog is essential for logon as it needs to be queried to establish Universal Group Membership)

Make sure that rach DC/DNS server points to ITSELF as preferred DNS server and to the other as alternate DNS server. All clients should be configured with the addresses of both new DNS servers
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