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Five ways to prevent Windows DNS problems

Bill Detwiler shares five tips for keeping the critical Domain Name System (DNS) running smoothly across your Windows network.

The Domain Name System, or DNS, is a critical service on Windows networks--Active Directory won't work without it and a host of other network functions need it. A while back, TechRepublic blogger Rick Vanover put together a list of DNS configuration mistakes that IT pros should avoid. It was so popular, that he followed up with a list of five tips to prevent DNS problems on Windows networks. In this week's TR Dojo episode, I explore Rick's five tips.

For those who prefer text to video, click the View Transcript link below the video player window or check out Rick Vanovers' article, "Five tips to prevent DNS issues on Windows systems," on which this video is based. And more more DNS and Windows networking tips, check out the following resources:

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

4 comments
Old-Timer
Old-Timer

Many "experts" claim you don't need both. An "OLD" MS reference stated that having both would reduce the traffic load on both (provided the service was running on two different boxes).

sabiticus
sabiticus

We use QIP. I strongly recommend sticking with MS's DNS and DHCP solutions.

jfuller05
jfuller05

and use our Sonicwall hardware firewall for DHCP. It's a nice setup.