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If I have a single forest with multiple domains. (Server 2008 and 2012)

Example.com is my root domain and then I still have two child domains test1.example.com and test2.example.com

My question is when I point a client pc to my root domain dns server example.com will it be able to resolve also everything in my child domains.
Please advice
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by:Tony Massa
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Yes.  When you create a child domain, a delegation to the sub-domains (and DNS domain) is created in the root forest or, if DNS is configured to replicate to "All DNS servers in the Forest".  In DNS you should see a delegation zone or a copy of the entire zone.

In either case, you can use the NSLOOKUP command on a client to test.  From a PC, run a command prompt:

C:\>nslookup
Default Server:  your.DNSServer.example.com
Address:  x.x.x.x

> test1.example.com
Server:  your.DNSServer.example.com
Address:  x.x.x.x

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    test1.example.com
Address:  y.y.y.y

If the DNS record returns, then you're okay to point clients to the parent.  They should also work just fine if the clients point to the child domain DNS servers.
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Thanks
I will use a third party dns server (infoblox)  as my main dns sever for all my clients.
Basically all my clients will point to third party dns server and I will replicate my root domain controller with third party dns server.
Is it okay to only replicate root domain controller to third party  dns sever or must I also replicate my child cc's please advice.
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You don't have to replicate the zone.   Just need a stub zone with glue records for the DNS zone example.com and the rest will work fine, unless that was the reason for the Infoblox.

Each sub-domain has a different DNS zone.  If you are replicating the zone only, then your will not be able to resolve sub-domains without adding stub zones ir replicating thise DNS zones as well
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ok but when i create stub zone and do changes on it wil it replicate to my ms dns server as i any changes made on ms dns or third party dns should sync
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Only if you are replicating the stub zones to the Infoblox as well. They are separate DNS  zones after all. If not, you have ti manually update them.
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okay thanks my last question
can I also make changes in a secondary zone and are they then update to primary zone please advice
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No.  Secondary zones are by definition READ only copies of primary zones.  It's a one-way replication from primary to secondary
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