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We just bought a company that uses SBS 2003, like ourself.  The networks are connected with a VPN tunnel.
I need to setup dns that will resolve to eiother site so uses can use PC nakes for RDP access
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In DNS, you can use any of:

1. Secondary Zones (fault tolerant, but higher maintenance)
 - Allow Zone Transfers on the remote SBS server
 - Right click on Forward Lookup Zones
 - Create a new Secondary Zone
 - Add the IP address of the remote SBS server

2. Stub Zones (low maintenance, automatically maintained)
 - Right click on Forward Lookup Zones
 - Create a new Stub Zone
 - Add the IP Address of the remote SBS server

3. Conditional Forwarders
 - Open the Server properties
 - Select Forwarders
 - Click New and enter the remote domain name in the box then click OK, enter the IP address of the remote SBS server into the box below while the name is selected

It doesn't much matter which, I would go for 2 or 3 personally, whichever you find easier :)

That gets you as far as each system being able to resolve names by FQDN (e.g. host.domain.com). To be able to resolve by just "host" you need to add the remote domain name into the DNS Suffix Search List on each client. That can be done using Group Policy. This is one way to do it:

1. Open the Group Policy Management Console. If it isn't installed you can get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a6d4c24-8cbd-4b35-9272-dd3cbfc81887&displaylang=en
2. Right click on your domain name then select Create and Link a GPO here
3. Call it "DNS Suffixes" (this can be anything you like really)
4. Expand Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Network \ DNS Client
5. Open the "DNS Suffix Search List"
6. Set it to enabled and enter the name of the remote domain in the box

Now you just need your PCs to realise that policy applies. "gpupdate" should work, reboot certainly will. Once done, you should be able to resolve names by host name alone.

HTH

Chris
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