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    Hi There

    I had being assigned the project to install a Windows 2000 server domain environment. I am totally new to this sysem and would much appreciate for any advice on where should I start.

    The Scenario is such:

    I have installed a stand alone W2k server now. This server will be the first DC for new domain in the new forest.
    Do I had to configure the DNS server settings before promoting this server to be the DC of the new domain?? Or should I allow the AD to configure DNS during dcpromo? The server has static IP address and subnet mask

    Any help will be much appreciated

    Dee

  • #2
    doesn't matter if you configure DNS youre self or via the DCpromo wizard.
    Marcel
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    • #3
      If you want to learn about DNS fast, configure it yourself. (Not recommended) Gentle learn and have it work quickly and correctly, use the Wizard. (silly me, slow learner and ex wizard hater )
      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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      • #4
        Just ensure your network card settings have the primary DNS set to the servers IP address and not an external/other DNS server. AD will fall flat on its face if this is not done.

        I know it sounds obvious but it needs to be done!
        Server 2000 MCP
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        • #5
          Hi There

          Yes the Prefered DNS server settings in pointing to the IP address of this server itself.

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          • #6
            I promoted this server as the DC of the new domain[ x.local] and used the AD wizard to configure the DNS server. However now event ID 5781 is logged- making the system think that it is the root DNS server, but infact this will not be the root server. The root DNS server will be the ISP server.

            How can I resolve this problem, should I delete the root (.) that has being created in the Forward lookup zone or there other ways to resolve this issue???

            Thanks

            Any help will be much appreciated

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            • #7
              Yes i would delete the . lookup zone.
              Server 2000 MCP
              Development: ASP, ASP.Net, PHP, VB, VB.Net, MySQL, MSSQL - Check out my blog http://tonyyeb.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                After deleting . lookup zone should I add any server in the "root hint" option??? Or is there any other configuration that I must complete???

                Thanks

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                • #9
                  Check %systemroot%\system32\dns\cache.dns to ensure you have other root hints and check the root hints in server properties in the DNS snapin. You shouldn't need to add any root hint.
                  Server 2000 MCP
                  Development: ASP, ASP.Net, PHP, VB, VB.Net, MySQL, MSSQL - Check out my blog http://tonyyeb.blogspot.com

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                  • #10
                    configure fowarders to the dns servers of you're isp.
                    Marcel
                    Technical Consultant
                    Netherlands
                    http://www.phetios.com
                    http://blog.nessus.nl

                    MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
                    "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

                    "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
                    "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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