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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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DNS—Tasks

Synopsis

DNS administration tasks are performed using the DNS console, which can be opened by either:

Start Programs Administrative Tools DNS

Command line dnsmgmt.msc

In addition, many DNS administration tasks can also be performed from the command line using the following utilities found in DEPLOY.CAB in the \SUPPORT\TOOLS folder on your product CD:

Dnscmd

Particularly useful for scripted administration of DNS servers

DNSLint

Can be used to diagnose and repair problems caused by missing or incorrect DNS records in a domain environment

Install DNS Manually

On a standalone server, first open the TCP/IP Properties sheet for your Local Area Connection, assign your server a static IP address, and specify the server’s own IP address as its preferred DNS server. Then install the DNS service using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel. Finally, configure your new name server by creating forward- and reverse-lookup zones; adding A, PTR, or other records to your zones; configuring zone transfers with other DNS servers; and so on. These tasks are described later in this section.

Install DNS Using Wizard

Start Manage Your Server Add or Remove Role

If your server is going to be the first server in your forest, select Typical Setup for a First Server as the role and follow the prompts. The wizard suggests a DNS name of the form organization.local for your root domain, where organization is the company name you specified when you installed WS2003 on your machine. The wizard ...

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