DNS question

I have a pie-in-the-sky question.

Is it possible to set up my windows 2003 DNS server so when I type "ping hostname" it goes through a list of search domains then responds with the correct FQDN and ip address?

So here's the scenario:
1. I say ping hostname.  Not ping hostname.domain.com just hostname!
2. My server is either primary or secondary for 3 domains.  It trys the primary domain, the next domain and the balance of the domains.
3. Once it has exhaused all the local domains, it can't resolve the name or forwards it to a root server.

Can I set up such a scenario???

Thanks,

-Ken

kucelkjAsked:
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chakkoConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Go to your network adaptor, then TCP/IP properties and then Advanced Settings.
On the DNS tab go to the area:   Append these DNS suffixes (in order)

add the additional dns domains you want to search (add automatically to the HOSTNAME you type).

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asiduCommented:
Explore WINS for such a scenario.
How to set up WINS.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727015.aspx
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chukuCommented:
Or setup 3 DNS servers in the NIC configuration, it will try the first, than 2nd and if both fail to resolve, will goto the 3rd - your forwarder DNS
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

> Is it possible to set up my windows 2003 DNS server so when I type "ping hostname" it goes through a list of search
> domains then responds with the correct FQDN and ip address?

Not on the DNS server side. You can make the client do it, as chakko describes, and you can set that in Policy if you wish.

Chris
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kucelkjAuthor Commented:
Hi everyone,

I've been working on some other issues all day today.  I'll try your suggestions tonight and reply back.

-Ken
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kucelkjAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everyone's response.  

As for the client side change, I've been doing that for some time and it does work.  However, it works only for that one machine.  I want it for every client that uses a specific DNS server.  

So I want this to run on the server side and not on the client side.  Chris-Dent says this is not possible on the server side.  Is that totally accurate?  I believe Chris-Dent but someone may know of a work-around.

thanks all,

-Ken
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chakkoConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Is the number of hosts in the other DNS domains limited (i.e. do you know all of them?) and are they static?

You could setup more zones in your DNS server (for  the other domains), then add the host (A) records to the zones.  That way your DNS server should resolve for those domains.  You would have to manually update the records for the other zones.  If the number of hosts is small then this should be to maintain.

Are the other DNS zones (DNS servers) reachable by your DNS Server and can you adjust any permissions if required?.  You can try to add the other DNS zones as secondary zones on your DNS server.
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