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DNS help - Nslookup local lookup fails

By Dennisfp ·
Hello. On my home network, I have DNS running on an AD 2000 Server with domain name, say myhome.local. Two client machines running 2000 Pro.

These machines are not attached to the Domain right now, workgroup only.

The "Box1" machine uses DHCP (given out by the 2000 AD Server) and can lookup local addresses with Nslookup fine. For example, nslookup Box2.

The "Box2" machine is set as static IP on the same subnet with all the proper DNS IP, Gateway IP, WINS IP, etc., pointing at the 2000 AD Server.

Here's the problem. When Box2 tries to do "nslookup box1", it fails with this message: server failed.

However, if I specify the FQDN, then it works. Such as: nslookup box1.myhome.local

Is this cause for concern, and how do I solve it? I'd really like to know the answer to this one, because at work we're going to a domain model and I can foresee this same thing cropping up.

Thanks very much for any feedback!

Dennis

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FQDN is the real name of box1

by stress junkie In reply to DNS help - Nslookup local ...

The real name of box1 is box1.myhome.local. Box1 is not its name as far as DNS is concerned. Now if you were running WINS then that would be a different story. If you are running WINS then it may not be working.

As far as DNS is concerned you want to create an alias for box1.myhome.local. The alias will be box1. You do this on the DNS server. The record that specifies the address of box1.myhome.local should, at the end, have a space and then the alias name. In fact you can have many aliases for a FQDN.

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Win 2000 Server DNS Console, Add CNAME

by Dennisfp In reply to FQDN is the real name of ...

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"As far as DNS is concerned you want to create an alias for box1.myhome.local. The alias will be box1. You do this on the DNS server. The record that specifies the address of box1.myhome.local should, at the end, have a space and then the alias name. In fact you can have many aliases for a FQDN."

Stress Junkie, thanks for your response.

However, I can't seem to follow your advice using the Windows 2000 Server DNS console. When I try to add a CNAME (alias), and use Box1 as the name, it will not work -- gives an error that this name conflicts with an existing Host name.

You say to add a space, but using the DNS console, you cannot insert a space in either the ALIAS field or the FQDN field.

What am I doing wrong?

It's easy to add a CNAME alias that is different (such as box1games) than the hostname (box1), but not when adding the exact same name such as Box1.

Thanks for any response.

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