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WIndows 2000 DNS Forwarding

Hi Experts,

Question on  DNS forwarding:

If we have 2 internal DNS Servers ( say & and the IP addresses of 2 external DNS servers from our ISP, (say & as example)

what is the best way to configure the DNS forwarding on both dns servers / best pracice?
I'm specifically wanting to understand the ordering, significance and the process of dns resolution when trying to access the internet from an internal domain client


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On your Primary and Secondary DNS Servers, under Forwarders section specify both of your ISP DNS address i.e 10.x.x.1 and 10.x.x.2

When your domain client access internet / dns ; it will go to your primary dns server (whichever you choose to be primary or ;

Make sure you specify your ISP DNS (Both of them) in both of your DNS servers.
PS : Your client would inquire the primary server address first for dns resolution, if primary isn't available it will move to the secondary ;
wk6838Author Commented:
Thanks, do you not need to put a internal dns server ip in the forwarders list?
its active directory integrated.
No, you will put your ISPs DNS addresses both of them in your forwarders on each of your DNS Server.
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