6. Configuring Clients

In this configuration all clients that need to join the domain must be configured to use your Active Directory DNS servers rather than (or as well as) the central Oxford DNS servers. If you don't configure them in this way, they won't be able to resolve the names of services offered by your domain controllers including authentication. They may fall back on NetBIOS names, WINS and broadcasts, but this is less than ideal.

It can be a good idea to include at least one of the central resolvers in the list of name servers for resilience. This allows clients to locate internet services even if your domain controllers are unavailable.

In this setup you can configure your clients and servers to register their names and IP addresses dynamically in DNS. You must continue to use the normal mechanisms via the OUCS web pages to register them for addresses that can be resolved externally.

In this configuration you can also allow your clients to register their names automatically with your local DNS servers. Software that expects to locate clients by combining the Active Directory name of the client with the DNS suffix should work correctly, so long as it is installed on systems that are part of the domain.

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