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  • installing AD 2003 using non-windows based DNS

    I have a win 2003 server with terminal services installed along with Citrix. This is the only windows box I have.

    I'm ready to use dcpromo to install AD but I would like to use an exisiting DNS server sitting in a Linux box. Is this possible?

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    Yes you can as long as the 2k DC has access to update zone information on your DNS server.

    Point your 2k box at your DNS server before you run DCpromo, and run some test queries.

    During DCPROMO choose the option "Do not auto setup DNS, i will config this myself".

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    • #3
      You will need to enable dynamic updates in BIND. As those are not secure - this is generally not the best idea.

      Alternatively, you can delegate the AD specific sub-zones (_msdcs, _tcp, DomainDNSZones, etc...) from BIND to MS DNS, while keeping the main zone on BIND.
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      • #4
        There is another option - you can manually import the NETLOGON.DNS file from the DC's system32\config folder to the BIND server. You need to do this for all your DCs.
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        Daniel Petri
        Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
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        • #5
          Is Bind really needed? The DNS server is on a Linux box.

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          • #6
            BIND is most likely the system that is running DNS on your Linux box...
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            • #7
              How about putting in static entries?

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