DNS reverse zone active directory

Posted on 2014-08-15
Last Modified: 2014-08-18
hi, i have a question about reverse zones for my active directory environment.

Lets say site A, is a super netted site.
within that supernet, are smaller networks

subnet A
subnet B
Subnet C
Subnet D
Subnet E
Subnet F
Subnet G

For reverse zones, is there a way to define the entire subnet either by the /19, or example subnet A with the /23 or do i have to define each one the way it is presented in the wizard, as in since 32 total subnets in that /19
i would have to define each /24 subnet?
Question by:mrbayIt
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    Accepted Solution

    Only by creating the zone as /16, but there are no other choices, reverse lookup zones follow classful addressing boundaries (/0,  /8, /16, /24 and /32 only).

    This isn't an MS limitation (or a limitation of the wizard), it's a limitation in the DNS service.

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    Expert Comment

    by:Svet Paperov
    Yes, classless reverse lookup zone can be created but there is actually one situation when it will make sense – when you are delegated with managing a subnet of a classful network. Otherwise, just stick with the classful ARPA standard. The following example is for Windows Server 2000 but it will work in 2008 too.
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    by:Chris Dent
    Classless zones are entirely reliant on delegation from a classful zone. It needs a CNAME to rewrite from one zone to another. You'd still need to create the /16, and your overhead would be significantly greater.

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    Expert Comment

    Be aware that classless reverse lookup zones cannot be dynamically updated. This is mentioned in the article linked above, but it's easy to miss:

    No Dynamic Updates on a Classless Reverse Lookup Zone

    I strongly suspect this also applies to Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Chris Dent
    (for confirmation) It will, the nature of classless zones prohibits (RFC compliant) dynamic update methods.


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