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What are the similarities and differences between DNS settings installed on workgroup servers and DNS settings installed on domain servers?  Can you specify how dns works in workgroup enviroment step by step please and how to accomplish that effectively. I am looking just to manage ip adresses in my 20 pc network by hostnames and dont want to install Active directory. Thank you. I will be using Untangle server if you have heard of it so another question which is better in workgroup situation , windows dns server or untangle dns server. Will any change in this dns ofcourse again in a workgroup situation effect my router or my internet connection to users. THank you .
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by:Chris Dent
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There are a few differences:

1. Dynamic Updates will be limited to Non-Secure or None
2. No AD Integrated Zones (no AD)

And there are considerations for the clients:

For clients to register records in a DNS zone they must have a Primary DNS Suffix configured
For clients to resolve records from a zone without using an FQDN they must have a Primary DNS Suffix or a DNS Suffix Search List configured

Hmmm are you sure you wouldn't rather be using WINS for this? It's more suitable...

Chris
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by:prokopovra
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Well I dont know if you know the product Untangle , but I am looking to use that for my small network and to get policy manager to work and limit certain users for certain restrictions then I have to use hostnames instead of netbios names which will not be seen or will be seen as Ip adresses by the program. So I just want to know even if unsecure updates will occur can i Run the dns server for workgroup and use FQDN for each hostname ? Also Primary DNS suffix configured means forward and reverse lookup zones on the server running workgroup or something else you mean. THank you.
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Just had a quick look at it, it's a bit lacking in documentation.

Anyway, where would you run the DNS service? That's perhaps the most important thing to establish first.

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Ahh sorry, I see it does seem to have a DNS server built in. Whether or not you need any of the items I mention depends on how it's DNS service works. Without documentation that's very likely to be "try it and see".

Do you have any details available for it's DNS service? I'm having trouble finding any remotely useful reference documentation on their site.

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Okay, it does have a DNS service and it looks like it'll be fine for this. You may have to configure a Primary DNS Suffix for each client but that should be the extent of it.

However, I still can't find anything remotely useful on Policy Managers requirements to know if that will help you. I suggest you put a posting up on their forums if you haven't already, at least you'll be amongst a set of people that actually use it :)

Chris
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