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    • Understanding Host Name Resolution

      Understanding Host Name Resolution

      Understanding the Purpose of Host Names In TCP/IP based networks, the packets that are transmitted over the network contain the following IP addresses: The IP address of the computer sending the packet The IP address of the destination computer intended to receive the packet. The IP address information is used to forward the packet to

    • Understanding DNS Queries and Lookups

      Understanding DNS Queries and Lookups

      DNS Queries Overview The naming system used by DNS is a hierarchical namespace, called the DNS namespace. The DNS namespace has a unique root. The root can contain numerous subdomains. Each subdomain also can contain multiple subdomains. Each domain registered in DNS is connected to a DNS name server. The DNS server of a domain

    • DNS Server Roles

      DNS Server Roles

      DNS Server and DNS Server Roles Overview Before DNS, HOSTS files were used to resolve host names to IP addresses. The HOSTS files were manually maintained by administrators. The HOSTS file was located on a centrally administered server on the Internet. Because of the shortcomings of the HOSTS files, DNS was designed and introduced. From

    • Planning DNS Zone Replication

      Planning DNS Zone Replication

      A DNS zone is the contiguous portion of the DNS domain name space over which a DNS server has authority or is authoritative. DNS zones contain either domains or subdomains. The DNS namespace can be divided into multiple zones. Users can even host all their zones on a single DNS server. The Windows Server 2003

    • How to Fix a “Cannot Find Server or DNS” Error

      How to Fix a “Cannot Find Server or DNS” Error

      A server is a computer that ‘serves’ the network that it is connected to. It performs functions that are useful to the network. For example, there are file servers that store data and print servers that handle the network printing jobs. Businesses and other institutions often use servers to store important, possibly confidential, information and

    • DNS and Active Directory Integration

      DNS and Active Directory Integration

      DNS is the primary name registration and resolution service in Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. It provides a hierarchically distributed and scalable database, name registration, name resolution and service location for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 clients, and locates domain controllers for logon. A DNS server is a computer running the DNS Server

    • Securing DNS Servers

      Securing DNS Servers

      Domain Name System (DNS) is the primary name registration and resolution service used in Windows Server. DNS provides a hierarchically distributed and scalable database; provides name registration and name resolution services, and service location for Windows clients; and locates domain controllers for logon. A DNS server is a computer running the DNS Server service that

    • Understanding DNS Zones

      Understanding DNS Zones

      DNS Zones Overview A DNS zone is the contiguous portion of the DNS domain name space over which a DNS server has authority. A zone is a portion of a namespace. It is not a domain. A domain is a branch of the DNS namespace. A DNS zone can contain one or more contiguous domains.

    • Renaming Domains

      Renaming Domains

      An Overview of the Domain Renaming Feature With the Windows NT 4 domain model, you had to completely rebuild an existing domain if you wanted to change the names of any of your existing domains. In Windows 2000 domains, you also have to create a new domain but the Active Directory Object Manager can be

    • Configuring DNS Clients

      Configuring DNS Clients

      Configuring DNS Client Settings Configuring DNS client computers typically entail the execution of the following administrative tasks: Setting the client computer names for each computer. The computer names that you configure should not be greater than 63 bytes. The name can only include: Uppercase letters; A – Z Lowercase letters; a – z Numbers; 0

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