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    Hello,
    I am kinda new to windows Server 2003. My issue is that I have a server thats not a FQDN running AD, DNS and DHCP. When I run nslookup on the server i get a non existant domain. This I feel stems from the dns name of the server myserver.local. When I have set up unix servers / mac servers we do not use a .local name at all. Is there a way to change this? Or a way to use .local and correct the DNS issue? I know just as on other servers if you do not have a FQDN and forward and reverse lookups do not work you have issues.
    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: .Local DNS issues

    Have you setup a Reverse Lookup Zone in the Windows 2003 Server's DNS?
    Have you pointed the 2003 Server (and ALL machines on this network) to the local DNS?
    Have you setup the Forwarders tab in DNS to point to the appropriate outside DNS?

    The .local name is not relavant to your problem if the above 3 items are correctly setup.
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    • #3
      Re: .Local DNS issues

      On the Mac and Unix its good practice not to use .local as a FQDN. Should the same be done on windows server? If so is it an esy fix? BTW thanks for the suggestions it worked!

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      • #4
        Re: .Local DNS issues

        Don't quote me but it seems to be a suggested use in Windows. Don't like it personally but then I don't like peanuts or broad beans either.
        1 1 was a racehorse.
        2 2 was 1 2.
        1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
        2 2 1 1 2

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        • #5
          Re: .Local DNS issues

          I read somewhere (Might have been on here) that .local can sometimes interfere with with either ISA or some 3rd party firewall product (I cannot find the damm thread) .internal was suggested as a suitable alternative.

          Michael
          Michael Armstrong
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          • #6
            Re: .Local DNS issues

            I know .local may cause problems with Mac users as well. .internal sounds a much better alternative. Thanks Michael.
            1 1 was a racehorse.
            2 2 was 1 2.
            1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
            2 2 1 1 2

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            • #7
              Re: .Local DNS issues

              .local is also used by the ZeroConf protocol. My recommendation is to use .internal as well.

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