Windows 2003 GPO and DNS conditionally forwarders

Posted on 2011-05-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

Does anyone know if its possible to set DNS conditionally forwarders via 2003 GPO on domain controllers/DNS servers? I have been looking around for a GPO template but no luck...

What I am trying to do is setup 11 conditionally forwarders on each DNS server in the company. I am hoping there is a easier way besides going around to each DNS server. Plus it will make it easier  to change any of the settings.

Question by:ukjimmy
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    It is not, but you can make Forwarders DS Integrated, then they will automatically propagate in the same way AD Integrated zones do.

    You have to do it with dnscmd for 2003. e.g.

    dnscmd /ZoneAdd /DsForwarder /DP /Domain

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    by:Joseph Daly
    Also I believe if you have a server 2008 server available in your environment, it doesnt have to be a domain controller or DNS server just have the management tools installed you can set the forwarders on this server and then they should propogate to all the others.
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    by:Chris Dent
    Yeah, they put the DS Integrated stuff into the GUI for 2008 and up :)


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    i do not think it is possible with a GPO policy. (win2k3)
    we had to manually setup the conditional forwarders on the dns tab
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    by:Glen Knight
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