DNS and Small Business Server 2003 (70-282 Exam Cram)

Hiya folks – I am the publisher of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer (SBSC) that highlights the 70-282 certification exam that is, let’s face it, Small Business Server 2003-centric! I post up passages as a virtual book reading as often as I can and my day job, that includes acting as a Small Business Server adminsitrator, allows me to!

So here is an interesting passage on DNS and Small Business Server 2003!

Domain Naming Service (DNS) and

Small Business Server 2003

The Domain Name System (DNS) server included in Windows Server 2003 provides name resolution for TCP/IP-based networks. SBS configures DNS automatically during setup and configures it to listen to the local network only. The DNS server is not bound to the external NIC, and in the CEICW you will configure it to use forwarders and Preferred DNS servers, which are your ISP’s DNS servers. This way you effectively shield your network and enable the use of private IP addresses. The DNS server information is given to the clients via DHCP. When a client requests an external web address, the request first goes to the SBS DNS server. If the request can not be resolved, it gets forwarded to the preferred DNS server at your ISP, which will either resolve the query or forward it on to the next DNS server up the line.

By default, DNS is an Active-Directory Integrated-Zone and there should be no additional configurations required unless you decide to, say, host your own Internet-accessible DNS server, which is not recommended. To Access the DNS management console and view settings, on the run command type dnsmgmt . msc or go to Administrative Tools, DNS.

Domain Name Server (DNS)

DNS provides clients with name resolution services for the local network, so

you must use the IP address of the internal NIC of the SBS server.

DNS Domain Name

DNS Domain Name provides client computers with the fully qualified domain name (FQDN). Therefore, you must enter the full DNS name of your local network like DomainName.local, if you used the default DNS for the internal domain. (More on DNS in Chapter 10, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2003.)

Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS)

WINS provides local network name resolution for computers running NT 4.0 and Windows 98 and earlier. Specify the IP address of the SBS server in the WINS server option of the DHCP server/router device. WINS is enabled by default on the SBS server and would normally not require any additional configuration beyond the default SBS configuration. WINS is covered in depth in Chapter 10, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2003.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here! J

PPS – my spring show, SMB Nation Spring 2009, is in the NYC-area on May 1-3, 2009.


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