3. Windows Active Directory and DNS
In view of this and other operational considerations, the decision was taken that each unit wishing to use Active Directory services operate its own local Windows DNS server. Notes and minutes relating to the relevant meetings may be found on the Active Directory pages.
The delegations will be made to one or two servers within your own unit. Server delegations should be registered via the DNS web interface in the usual way.
Refer to the instructions on Installing and Configuring Windows DNS to Support Active Directory together with the Active Directory pages for further information and full details of configuring DNS to support both configurations.
By default PCs running Windows 2000 and above (both workstation and server products) will try to register their name and IP address in the DNS each time that they boot up. To minimise the extra load that this will cause on the Oxford DNS servers, we'd be grateful if you would turn this option off when you install Windows XP, Vista etc. Never disable this setting on domain controllers as this will also stop them registering their service records.
To disable automatic registration after Windows has been installed, open the
[Network] control panel, bring up the
[Properties] box for the
Local Area Connection, open the
[Properties] for TCP/IP, go
[Advanced/DNS] and turn off the option
[Register this connection's
addresses in DNS]. You can also disable registration during a custom install of
XP by going into the
[Properties] of TCP/IP at the appropriate point in the