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DNS in W2K Server

By joycetm ·
I would like to know if it is necessary to configure and run the DNS in Win2K Server? I have an existing WinNT 4.0 which refers to an external DNS server (DNS hosted by 3rd party).

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thank you,
Joyce

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by stevej In reply to DNS in W2K Server

in your question you give us very little information as to what you are dealing with. If you intend to use Active Directory, you must have a DNS server on your local nework that supports dynamic DNS. If that is your intention then you should setup Win 2k DNS. if however, you are on a very small enviorment (single subnet workgroup) and the only purpose to using DNS is for external Internet Name Resolution, you can keep right on as you are curently setup.

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by curlergirl In reply to DNS in W2K Server

No, it's not necessary to set up a DNS server in Win2K unless you want to use Active Directory. If you have a single server environment, then its probably not necessary, and you can simply continue using whatever name resolution method you are now using (presumably WINS). However, if you have several servers and a slightly larger environment, there are some advantages to using Active Directory. DNS in Win2K is not that hard to set up, since it's dynamic, but it's your choice. Hope this helps!

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by curlergirl In reply to DNS in W2K Server

PS - I have a good resource for info on setting up a simple Win2K DNS if you decide to do it: Mastering Windows 2000 Server by Mark Minasi et al. from Sybex.

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by alanb In reply to DNS in W2K Server

You WILL require DNS of some shape or form if the server you refer to is part of a Win2000 domain.
DNS is required to enable machines to locate the domain controllers etc.
Otherwise you can use the existing DNS server if it supports Dynamic updates and SRV records - and its suitably located (ie on a fast link).
If your server is a PDC, migrating to Win2000 will result in a serch for an appropriate DNS server. If none is found the PDC will be set up as the DNS server.

Hope this helps.
Alan

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