DNS for Dummies

How do you set up and verify a DNS is working properly on an Small Business Server 2008? I would like to use the Active Directory Secure replication for syncing the servers.
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silvsrfrAuthor Commented:
Thank you it has got me going in the right direction
Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
This guide may help you: http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/quickly-test-dns-resolution.html

To verify replication between servers, check sequence numbers on zones, must be equal on all servers.
davealfordIt SupportCommented:
The only thing I've needed to do with DNS on an SBS2008 is set up forwarders to my ISPs DNS servers. Other than that, every thing is done for you - forward and reverse lookup zones are set up, DHCP requests are registered with DNS etc.

You can check if DNS is operating by going to a PC in the domain and do a nslookup from the command prompt -

Default Server:  servername.domain.tld
Address:  "IP Address of server"

To check Internet lookup -
Server:  servername.domain.tld
Address:  "IP Address of server"

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    www.l.google.com

Aliases:  www.google.co.uk

To check servername is resolving -
Server:  servername.domain.tld
Address:  "IP Address of server"

Name:    servername.domain.tld
Address:  "IP Address of server"

To check PC names are resolving
> "name of a domain PC"
Server:  servername.domain.tld
Address:  "IP Address of server"

Name:    "FQN of PC"
Address:  "IP Addrress of PC"

To check reverse DNS lookup
C:\Users\loginname>tracert "Ip Address of PC"
Tracing route to "name of PC".domainname.tld ["IP Address of PC"]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  "FQN of PC" ["IP Address of PC"]

Trace complete.

Just doing the above indicates the server DNS is running and resolving PC names, does reverse lookup and can resolve Internet names. Of course, if you're not using the server's DHCP and DNS then the above won't resolve correctly.
silvsrfrAuthor Commented:
very detailed answer
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