Chapter 5. Managing DNS
THE PRECEDING CHAPTER COVERED THE CLASSIC NT mechanisms for resolving computer names into IP addresses. Windows Server 2003 can use those methods, but the preferred name resolution method is the Domain Name System, or DNS.
DNS is a tremendously important component of modern Windows. It is not an exaggeration to say that three out of every four problems with Active Directory or Kerberos have their root cause in a DNS configuration error of one form or another. A slew of other features, big and small, also depend on DNS to function correctly.
This chapter covers the operation of Windows Server 2003 DNS, how to design a DNS architecture, and how to perform specific configuration steps. It includes best practices gleaned from many production deployments of Windows DNS, especially in mixed environments of Windows and non-Windows DNS servers.