If you run Active Directory it is vital that the DNS configuration is correct as issues with DNS can lead to problems with replication between domain controllers or to workstations that have problems finding servers or services. As it is so important, we provide detailed information on how to configure DNS to support Active Directory in these pages.
If you're running Active Directory it's helpful to understand of the basics of how DNS works. If you need a starting point try the Wikipedia entry on Domain name system, particularly the section on How DNS works in theory.
- Recommended configuration: configuring DNS to Support Active Directory using an Existing DNS Name (Option 1) (this is the method originally detailed for Windows 2000/2003), or
- Alternative configuration: configuring DNS to support Active Directory using a Private Internal Name (Option 2).