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DNS on Windows Server 2003

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ISBN-10: 0596005628

ISBN-13: 9780596005627

Edition: 3rd 2004

Authors: Cricket Liu, Matt Larson, Robbie Allen

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While computers and other devices identify each other on networks or the Internet by using unique addresses made up of numbers, humans rely on the Domain Name System (DNS), the distributed database that allows us to identify machines by name. DNS does the work of translating domain names into numerical IP addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and many other services, so that users require little or no knowledge of the system. If you're a network or system administrator, however, configuring, implementing, and maintaining DNS zones can be a formidable challenge. And now, with Windows Server 2003, an understanding of the workings of DNS is even more critical. "DNS on Windows…    
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List price: $49.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Cricket Liu matriculated at the University of California's Berkeley campus, that great bastion of free speech, unencumbered Unix, and cheap pizza. He joined Hewlett-Packard after graduation and worked for HP for nine years. Cricket began managing the zone after the Loma Prieta earthquake forcibly transferred the zone's management from HP Labs to HP's Corporate Offices (by cracking a sprinkler main and flooding Labs' computer room). Cricket was for over three years, and then joined HP's Professional Services Organization to cofound HP's Internet Consulting Program. Cricket left HP in 1997 to form Acme Byte & Wire, a DNS consulting and training company, with his…    

Matt Larson started Acme Byte & Wire, a company specializing in DNS consulting and training, with Cricket Liu in January 1997. Previously, he worked for Hewlett-Packard, first as Cricket's successor as hostmaster, then as a consultant in HP's Professional Services Organization. Matt graduated from Northwestern University in 1992 with two degrees: a bachelor of arts in computer science and a bachelor of music in church music/organ performance. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Sonja Kahler, and their two pugs. In his spare time he enjoys playing the 10-rank pipe organ in his house and flying light airplanes. Cricket worked for five and a half years at Hewlett-Packard's…    

Robbie Allen is a Senior Systems Architect in the Advanced Services Technology Group at Cisco Systems. He was instrumental in the deployment and automation of Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP at Cisco. Robbie enjoys working on the Unix and Windows platforms, especially when Perl is installed. He is a firm believer that all system administrators should be proficient in at least one scripting language and most of his writings preach the benefits of automation. Robbie has a web site at

A (Very) Brief History of the Internet
On the Internet and Internets
The Domain Name System in a Nutshell
The History of the Microsoft DNS Server
Must I Use DNS?
How Does DNS Work?
The Domain Namespace
The Internet Domain Namespace
Name Servers and Zones
Where Do I Start?
Which Name Server?
Choosing a Domain Name
Setting Up the Microsoft DNS Server
Our Zone
Installing the Microsoft DNS Server
The DNS Console
Setting Up DNS Data
Running a Primary Master Name Server
Running a Secondary Name Server
Adding More Zones
DNS Properties
What Next?
DNS and Electronic Mail
MX Records
Adding MX Records with the DNS Console
What's a Mail Exchanger, Again?
The MX Algorithm
DNS and Exchange
Configuring Hosts
The Resolver
Resolver Configuration
Advanced Resolver Features
Other Windows Resolvers
Sample Resolver Configurations
Maintaining the Microsoft DNS Server
What About Signals?
Updating Zone Data
Zone Datafile Controls
Aging and Scavenging
Integrating with Active Directory
Active Directory Domains
Storing Zones in Active Directory
DNS as a Service Location Broker
Growing Your Domain
How Many Name Servers?
Adding More Name Servers
Registering Name Servers
Changing TTLs
Planning for Disasters
Coping with Disaster
When to Become a Parent
How Many Children?
What to Name Your Children
How to Become a Parent: Creating Subdomains
Subdomains of Domains
Good Parenting
Managing the Transition to Subdomains
The Life of a Parent
Advanced Features and Security
New Ways to Make Changes
WINS Linkage
Building Up a Large, Sitewide Cache with Forwarders
Load Sharing Between Mirrored Servers
The ABCs of IPv6 Addressing
Securing Your Name Server
nslookup and dig
Is nslookup a Good Tool?
Interactive Versus Noninteractive
Option Settings
Avoiding the Search List
Common Tasks
Less Common Tasks
Troubleshooting nslookup Problems
Best of the Net
Using dig
Managing DNS from the Command Line
Installing the DNS Server
Stopping and Starting the DNS Server Service
Managing the DNS Server Configuration
An Installation and Configuration Batch Script
Other Command-Line Utilities
Managing DNS Programmatically
WMI and the DNS Provider
WMI Scripting with VBScript and Perl
Server Classes
Zone Classes
Resource Record Classes
Troubleshooting DNS
Is DNS Really Your Problem?
Checking the Cache
Using DNSLint
Potential Problem List
Interoperability Problems
Problem Symptoms
Using CNAME Records
A Limitation of MX Records
DNS and Internet Firewalls
Dial-up Connections
DNS Message Format and Resource Records
Converting from BIND to the Microsoft DNS Server
Top-Level Domains