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DNS Configuration To Support Multi-Domain AD

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Last response: in Windows 2000/NT
April 26, 2005 3:10:08 PM

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Our AD deployment is most likey to be several DNS domains from a common
parent (root) domain.

For example, forest root, sub domain, sub domain

In order to get seamless unqualified name resolution across all of these
domains, I can only conclude that all DNS cleints will need a domain suffix
search list that contains all other domains.

The number of sub domains could be a high as 10 and it troubles me that
every unqualiifed DNS query will have to chug through 10 suffixes before it
comes up with a final answer.

Our plan is to have run the zone AD Integrated forest-wide, so
queries would not be going over the WAN.

Please comment on whether this is typical or otherwise reasonable approach.


More about : dns configuration support multi domain

April 27, 2005 12:43:59 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory (More info?)

Replicating DNS across the forest doesn't stop you from needing multiple DNS

However, a DNS server at the local location will reduce WAN-based DNS
queries. If you can afford the additional replication (it's not going to be
much of a hit) this is probably a good idea.

Remember, you can now use GPO to configure DNS Suffixes, so use this and
configure the order differently in each domain. If this is a single-domain
environment, then link the GPO to the sites in question, and have a read of
the following article regarding a dis-joint namespace:

Paul Williams
Microsoft MVP - Windows Server - Directory Services |