DNS A and PTR Help

I need help adding A and PTR DNS records properly to a Win2008 Server.

I have a Macintosh server hostname lion.wcsvt.private at

I have a Synology NAS hostname PC-STORAGE thats joined to the domain at

Im having issues with PC clients seeing the PC-STORAGE device and Mac clients seeing the Lion server and the printers it is sharing.

Im a newb with server 2008, it makes my head spin like bad tequila.

I need step by step instructions to add the correct records to the Windows 2008 DNS service so that I can solve these issues and stop being hollered at by children and adults alike.

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Darius GhassemCommented:
You need to go into DNS find your forward lookup zone which is yourdomain.com. In the zone you need to create A records that point to these systems if they aren't already created.
Guide to configuring w2008 dns

Have a go at this and ask questions where it is unclear to you.
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
If they are not dynamically registered within Forward Lookup zone then follow steps provided by dariusg. Open DNS Management console (dnsmgmt.msc) and go to Forward Lookup zones and select your zone (wcsvt.private). Wait until it will be loaded and then in the right pane click right mouse button and choose Host (A) record. Provide its name and IP address to add it to DNS. There is also check box (create PTR record), select it and click OK. If Reverse Lookup zone exists then PTR will be created, if not, you need to do additional step. Go to Reverse Lookup zones and check if there is 192.168.1.x zone, if not, click right mouse button on Reverse Lookup zones and choose "New zone" and choose Primary and ensure that the bottom checkbox (Store in AD) is selected. Set its replication scope to all DNS DCs in a domain (default one) and go further. In network ID put 192.168.1 as reverse zone name, follow wizard with default up to the end.

And now select that newly created zone, and in the right pane click right mouse button and choose "New PTR" record and put the last octet from IP for your servers. For hostname choose "Browse" button and point to your Forwarde Lookup zone to proper host (A) record as reference

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CompassTechAuthor Commented:
Here's where I think I am running in to problems.

1. The Macintosh server's host name is lion.wcsvt.private

2. The PC server's host name is pc-server.wcsvt.local

when I try to create the A record for the Mac server, it wants to create a FQDN of:



Am I right that the Lion server needs to have a host name ending in .local or this will not work?

Darius GhassemCommented:
Technically they are in two different domains.
CompassTechAuthor Commented:
Sure they are... so how do I fix this? The A record appends the wcsvt.local domain name of the pc-server on to the record and Windows wont let me manually edit that off, though I could edit it off the PTR record.
Darius GhassemCommented:
If you remove the dns suffix this will remove the .domain.local off the pc-server but here is the thing if you have two different domains you should have two different DNS zones

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CompassTechAuthor Commented:
I made a new DNS zone and added the A and PTR records within. Thanks to DariusG for best answer and iSiek for step by step well written instructions.
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