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Workstation Primary & Secondary DNS

Hi

My networked Windows workstation has two DNS servers referenced in its IP config

The first, primary, DNS server is our local network's DNS server, the secondary, 8.8.8.8

If I ping a remote server, that isn't referenced by our local network's DNS server thern I don't obtain any responses

If, while seated in front of a PC that has 8.8.8.8 as it's primary DNS server, I do the same, my pings all get a response back

Why is it that the secondary DNS server, configured on my PC, doesn't kick in to take ove where the primary one failed ?

thanks
yann
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Are you pinging the remote server by Name or by IP address. It should work by IP address. By Name requires DNS resolution where you are.  You can put the server name in your local HOSTS file and then you probably will be able to ping the remote server by name.

Alternate DNS will not help with this.

Generally I just use DHCP on a workstation as it is fully satisfactory and I do not need an alternate DNS. My networks need that.
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I have always found issues when using anything but my own DNS. I have never used an outside DNS and never had any issues. Why are you using that anyway?
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