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Windows Server 2003 - Multiple Internal Domains

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Hi All,

I have a bit of an issue, and hope someone can help. I have a Windows Server 2003 DC running DNS with the local domain name as domain.local. That's all fine and has been running well for 5 years.

Just recently though we've installed a Linux Web Server for an internal web application which we want to host at domain2.local.

How can I configure the DNS so that it sends requests for domain2.local to 192.168.0.5 (the Linux server)?

Thanks for any help.

- Jay
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You could put in a DNS forwarder but I don't like to put too many into my DNS.  you could also create another forward lookup zone for domain2.local  in your DNS and and create te DNS record manually in that domain.  Here's an excerpt form a good article

Configuring Additional Domains to Windows DNS Server

You may ask yourself: Why do I need to add multiple domains windows server DNS? There can be multiple reasons to do this. One of them would be to block access to some external domains or web pages, or to point your users to specific IP addresses when they try to access a specific domain name. You can add multiple domains by adding more than one “Forward Lookup Zones” to the DNS server.

We can create as many forwarding lookup zones as we want. You can try to add some more zones and play around with them. Now in order to make use of the multiple zones we added we will also need to create some A records. Presuming that all the users on your network are using your newly installed server as DNS server and you want to limit the access to a few specific pages on the internet, you can take advantage of using the windows DNS server in order to do this.

Let’s presume you want to block users access to a specific resource page on Brighthub.com located at ressource1.brighthub.com. In order to do this, you can just redirect all the users trying to access this page to a local server. Using the DNS server management console, go to the “Forward Lookup Zones”, select the “brighthub.com” zone that you have just created, right click it and select “New host (A or AAAA)…“. Type “ressource1” into the Name field and the internal IP address of the server that should accept the redirects into the “IP_address:” field, then click “Add Host”. Now we have just created a new A record called “ressource1.brighthub.com”. Any client machine on your network (using your DNS server) that will try to access the “ressource1.brighthub.com” will be redirected to the local IP address you supplied instead of accessing it on the Brighthub server.

In this way, you can block the access to multiple domain names or resources on the internet. Multiple domains on the Windows DNS server can also be used in more complex organizations that are actually managing and maintaining multiple DNS zones.

this should be a good walk through

http://support.gearhost.com/KB/a129/add-a-domain-to-windows-dns-windows-2003.aspx
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Thanks for that! It worked well.
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