DNS for second domain controller

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Active Directory replication
DNS
DNS management
Domain Controller
Windows Server 2003
Hi all,

I am planning to install a second domain controller to our main corporate network. There are currently two DC's in place; one is the primary DC, which is a physical server, and the other is the secondary DC which is virtual. My question is about DNS. I understand that when I add a new DC to the group, the Active Directory data etc. should replicate on it's own. What about DNS? Do I have to add DNS as a new role to the server (it's already an installed component), or will it replicate automatically as well? If that isn't clear, please let me know and I'll see if I can clarify a bit.

Thanks, Lordhowe



Software/Hardware used:
Windows Server 2003

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You have to add it. It is a role that you can add. You can choose “active directory integrated zone”, and it will replicate with active directory.

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You can’t have Active Directory installed without DNS.
If the server in case already have DNS installed, when you run dcpromo, you should choose to configure DNS AD integrated zone as suggested by Ingram87.

If when you run dcpromo the server in case does not have DNS server installed, you will be notified of that and guided to install it DNS in that moment. If you decline the installation, the dcpromo task will be canceled also.

HTH
Satruno

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  • Genderhayes
    Click start, point to settings and click control panel Double click add or remove programs and then click add remove windows components in components select the networking services check box and then click details in subcomponents of networking services select the domain name system checkbox click ok select the domain name system checkbox click ok and then click next if prompted in copy files from type the full path to the distribution files and then click ok The required files will be copied to your hard disk.

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