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

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
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sinfocomarCommented:
You can use conditional DNS forwarders.

Please read the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782142(v=ws.10).aspx
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Kevin PortellCommented:
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.
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Joshua GrantomSenior EngineerCommented:
Conditional Forwarders is definitely the way to go. It applies globally
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RTM2007Author Commented:
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?
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Joshua GrantomSenior EngineerCommented:
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
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RTM2007Author Commented:
Was looking to avoid HOSTS as the external website does change
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footechCommented:
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.
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RTM2007Author Commented:
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?
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Joshua GrantomSenior EngineerCommented:
You cannot, Conditional Forwarders have to be created on your DNS server.
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RTM2007Author Commented:
This Windows computer has the DNS Server service installed
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footechCommented:
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.
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footechCommented:
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
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Joshua GrantomSenior EngineerCommented:
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
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