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Heres my ip settings for my router:

router default gateway ip: 192.168.0.1
subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
dhcp scope: 192.168.0.100-30

I have installed vmware fusion 6 on my imac

I have then installed windows 2008 r2, installed active directory, then dc promo (and ticked the DNS box)

I am now getting this message (see screen dup)

Message displayed while doing a DCPROMO
the question is what does this message mean?  and can I safely ignore it?


I forgot to mention I have setup my ip address on this server as follows:

static ip: 192.168.0.2
subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
default gateway: 192.168.0.1
prefered DNS: 192.168.0.2
alternative DNS: 192.168.0.1
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You must click Yes.
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Yup unless you are planning to have persons outside the org resolve internal names then you are good to go.

From what you outlined this does not seem to be a requirement:

More details:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754463%28WS.10%29.aspx
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As you can see the explanation from becraig, this can be safely ignored.
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im getting DNS errors in the logs, also active directory errors:
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i also noticed it changed the prefered dns to 127.0.0.1
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Are there any other DCs in the domain ?

If not then localhost / 127.0.0.1is the preferred DNS server for the server when you are deploying AD (after all how else would you resolve any queries for the domain)
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its the only DC in the domain. nothing else in the forest, not even a client! lol
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cant I user

prefered dns: 192.168.0.2
alternative dns: 192.168.0.1
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If the server being promoted is the first DC in a new forest: 127.0.0.1 (the existing list is replaced with the loopback)

More reading:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/stdqry/archive/2012/04/11/dns-auto-configuration-during-dcpromo.aspx
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excellent, understood. your the best
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Happy we could help, be sure to give the link a good read.

Also some guys on here give tutorials (and have written articles on AD) you should check them out.
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Everything works but when I add an alternative dns i.e. my router default gateway and I do nslookup it cant find the dns server and just says:

default server: unknown
address: ::1

what am I doing wrong
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nslookup will return the first dns server.

You are not doing anything wrong.

That is just windows behavior.

Are you asking to specify queries using a specific dns server ?
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at work when I do nslookup it throws back the dns server ip address.

I have installed windows 2008 r2 at home and when it first installed nslookup was throwing back a DNS ip successfully.

Now I just get unknown. find picture of my current settings:

ip settings
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127.0.0.1 is the loopback address that is what you get when you run nslookup.

I am not sure what else  you are expecting to see  ?

If you want to add an alternative dns then add it in the alternate box.

This is how windows works:
It looks at the first dns server than tries the alternate if it cannot resolve.



If you have a name registered on the network for the IP it will return the name you have registered for that address:
E.g if the ip address on the R2 server is 192.168.0.2 and DNS is registered on that interface to that ip and there is a record in DNS matching 192.168.0.2 you will get that when you run nslookup.


I hope I am making sense here

Update the Preferred DNS server value to your DNS server IP and you should be good to go.

If the IP address is not mapped to a name you get "unknown"

By the way this would be "another question" on how DNS works
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thanks its clear now. I am creating a new question.
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okie great, glad to help.
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