Solved

Ability to Have Windows NIC Use Specific DNS Server for Preset External Website Addresses?

Posted on 2014-10-21
13
213 Views
Last Modified: 2014-10-29
Is it possible to hard set the NIC settings on a Windows computer so that it uses a defined external DNS server when resolving only a set of specific external website addresses? Such that if someone on that machine browses to experts-exchange.com it uses a Google Public DNS server 8.8.8.8 to resolve that hostname
0
Comment
Question by:RTM2007
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • +2
13 Comments
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:sinfocomar
ID: 40395479
You can use conditional DNS forwarders.

Please read the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782142(v=ws.10).aspx
0
 

Expert Comment

by:Kevin Portell
ID: 40395483
There are custom cloud hosted DNS servers if you are looking to redirect to a specify address.  Or if you already have one you can do this by opening up the network connections and going to IPV4 (assuming that is what you use) and enter it in manually. If you don't you can set one up at http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/dns/ <- for instance.
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Joshua Grantom
ID: 40395487
Conditional Forwarders is definitely the way to go. It applies globally
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:RTM2007
ID: 40395510
I only need to do it for this one Windows computer and maybe 2-3 external websites. Is there a way to easily do this on the one computer's NIC?
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Joshua Grantom
ID: 40395526
Not really, unless you want to hard code the site IP addresses in your host file. Then it bypasses DNS altogether.

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:RTM2007
ID: 40395531
Was looking to avoid HOSTS as the external website does change
0
Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:footech
ID: 40395534
There is no way to configure the DNS client on a Windows machine to use a different DNS server depending on what resource it is trying to reach.  However, as others have stated, you can configure a DNS server to use different resources (e.g. by using conditional forwarders, hosting it's own copy of the zone, etc.) when it is trying to resolve a query on behalf of a client.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:RTM2007
ID: 40395605
How would a conditional forwarder be setup on that Windows computer then to serve requests only for that computer out to an external DNS server?
0
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
Joshua Grantom earned 500 total points
ID: 40395609
You cannot, Conditional Forwarders have to be created on your DNS server.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:RTM2007
ID: 40395627
This Windows computer has the DNS Server service installed
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:footech
ID: 40395628
The only options I see here, if you only want it to affect this single computer, are:
- use HOSTS file
- set up a DNS server on the local machine, configure the machine to use itself as a DNS server, and then configure the DNS server as needed (way more work than I would want to do, and I don't have any particular recommendations for DNS software).

Perhaps if you describe the problem you're trying to solve there might be a better suggestion.
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:footech
ID: 40395640
Just saw your post that this machine has DNS server installed.
In that case, the machine (NIC settings) has to point to itself for DNS.   Here's a link to MS with instructions on how to set up a conditional forwarder.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794735(v=ws.10).aspx
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Joshua Grantom
ID: 40395641
OK, you need to open DNS under administrative tools and take a look here

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754941.aspx#BKMK_winui
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
You may have a outside contractor who comes in once a week or seasonal to do some work in your office but you only want to give him access to the programs and files he needs and keep privet all other documents and programs, can you do this on a loca…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to join and promote the first Windows Server 2012 domain controller into an Active Directory environment running on Windows Server 2008. Determine the location of the FSMO roles by lo…
This Micro Tutorial will go in depth within Systems and Security in Windows 7 and will go into detail regarding Action Center, Windows Firewall, System, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.

864 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

21 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now