I have been assigned an existing project that consists of two domains (Domain A and Domain B) on the same physical network. These two domains do not hat trust relationships and each domain has their own domain controllers and DNS servers, but share a common DHCP server and default gateway.
Domain A was the first domain and Domain B was added later to facilitate a company division that is preparing to separate into a new, independent company.
Some computers on Domain A needed to be accessed by computers on Domain B so the prior admin added a DNS zone to the DNS server in Domain B that listed computer host names and IP addresses from Domain A.
There are no WINS servers running or being referenced on the Domain B domain controller
From the domain controller in Domain B, I can ping the computers listed in that DNS zone by computer name and get a reply, as expected.
However, I can also ping computers in Domain A that are not specifically listed in that DNS zone in Domain B, which makes me think that there must be a link I am missing.
The DNS server in Domain B does not have any forwarders and is just using Root Hints.
I have examined the domain controller in Domain B and it does not have any entries in the local hosts or LMHosts files in the c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc folder
How is it possible that I can ping a non-public computer by name that is not specifically listed in a DNS zone, Host file, LMHosts file or via a forwarder to a Domain A DNS?