How to Configure DNS in place of Editing Host file?

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This is what we're doing: We connect via PPTP to other networks (our clients'). Once we've connected thru' the tunnel, we then launch Remote Desktop Connection to connect and log in to the remote computer. The thing is, we connect to these remote pc's by typing the IP address of the remote computer. Our clients are growing so we want to be able to jsut type in a host name or an "alias/nickname" in the RD's window. e.g. connect to "elephant" instead of typing the IP address. I know I could do this by editing the host file in my machine, but if there's a way to do this in the DNS server, i'd rather do that so all of us in the LAN can access the remote pc just by typing the alias... thank you for your help.
ASKED: February 7, 2006  7:42 PM
UPDATED: February 14, 2006  7:12 PM

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set up a cname and a pointer record to each client on your dns server and it should work

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  • Howard2nd
    Agree with previous reply - as long as the IP Address from "pptp" is always the same host files would work. But if it ever changes then the DNS method is 'preferred'.
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  • Mrc668
    I (would/do) setup my dns server to transfer zone files from my customer. I still have to use fully quallified domain names... but if for whatever reason my customer's ip address changes, I don't have to change my rdp files.
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  • Cknets
    A zone transfer from their dns server to your dns server will do the trick. your dns server is where all the client's point to.
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  • Sudh2k
    Answers are already there: A forward DNS record entry is suffucient, if the client uses static ip. Need zone transfer, if the client's IP is dynamic, sothat it is duely updated.
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  • Kiriray
    hello. thanks for all the replies. ended up adding new new hosts on to our the dns server. it works but you have to type in the 'fqdn' to the remote desktop connection e.g. "elephant.zoo.local" instead of just 'elephant'. how can i shorten this or have the 'zoo.local' append automatically to the computer/host name in rdc?
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  • Kiriray
    ok. got it figured out. we went to the tcp/ip properties of our workstations (windows xp), and configured the dns to append the dns suffix "domain.local" (the domain name). works great. thanks again!
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