Is it possible to have a windows 2003 dhcp and dns server

Posted on 2009-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a windows 2003 server that is part of  We are migrating to a new domain, and we have an internal labdomain that we would liek to support  Is it possible to have the dhcp server append three dns domain names,, and so when a client does a lookup, all they would have to do is enter the host name.  For example is server 1 is, server 2 is and server 3 is, the client will do an nslookup of server2 and it will respond with the correct ip adrresss information.  All are part of the same network but different subnets.
Question by:snhorsley
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    sure you can though the dhcp scope option for the dns domain you can enter multi domains but be careful for the prioriy o the domains coz if the first answer it will not ask with the rest two suffex

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    so if there is no client of the same name in the first domain, does it move to the next one and then so on?
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    for sure but if it find it will stop direct and conseder it to the wright answer that it need

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    What i am noticing is that even if i have all the dns domain names listed via dhcp,, if i take them out and leave the primary and then go into the network configurations of the client and change the dns settings to say append these dns suffixes, now it resolves without having to fully qualify them.  I can ping a box from each domain and get a response, if i take out the dns suffix settings and leave with the dhcp setting, then it doesn not resolve correctly.

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    i think i found out that what i want wont work unless it's done via GPO,

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