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Active Directory: Questions and Answers

What is the difference between Windows 2000 Active Directory and Windows 2003 Active Directory? Is there any difference in 2000 Group Polices and 2003 Group Polices? What is meant by ADS and ADS services in Windows 2003? Windows 2003 Active...more

Understanding how DNS works, part 1

DNS (Domain Name Service) is one of the most basic services on the Internet. If you want to effectively set up TCP/IP on your network, you'll probably need to install a DNS server at some point. But what is DNS...more |

Understanding how DNS works, part 2

In "Understanding how DNS works, part 1," I explained forward lookup, which maps DNS names to IP addresses. In this article, I'll dig a little deeper into how DNS works. I'll discuss reverse lookup, DNS delegation, and forwarders, cachers, and...more |

Getting started with Remote Installation Services

Active Directory may be hogging the spotlight, but Windows 2000 Server also offers several other new features that will make your job easier. Some of these features allow users to connect remotely from laptops, while others provide for complete lockdown...more

Installing Windows 2000 with the Remote Installation Service

The Remote Installation Service (RIS) will help you deploy the Windows operating system to computers on your network, regardless of where they are. In this article, Steven Pittsley shows you how to configure RIS on a Windows 2000 server. After...more

Understanding Active Directory, part 1

Understanding Active Directory (AD) is an important step in fully understanding Windows 2000 and its implications for your organization. This article is the first in a series about Active Directory, its features, and how it can fit into your organization's...more

Using the Windows 2000 DNS service

If you want to use Active Directory on your network, you'll have to get used to Microsoft's DNS server. Fortunately, Microsoft has eased the administration of DNS within the Microsoft Management Console. In this article, I'll show you how to...more |

Understanding DNS, part 1

Since the advent of the Internet most network administrators have had to become familiar with DNS, which is a fairly complex subject. In addition to its Web-based applications, DNS is also used for internal name resolution. The DNS Manager tool...

Understanding DNS, part 2

Workstations using a DNS server to locate resources on TCP/IP networks use three types of name queries: recursive, iterative, and reverse (sometimes called inverse). Knowing the differences between these query types can be helpful to your planning and troubleshooting efforts....

Using DNS Manager, part 1

The DNS Manager tool in Windows NT Server is used to manage Microsoft DNS servers as well as to view resource records and zones. The DNS Manager automatically creates four zones. A DNS zone is a partition of the DNS...

Using DNS Manager, part 2

Zone transfers can create unnecessary network and server loads. In the DNS Manager, you can control how often these transfers take place. Keep in mind that a zone transfer is nothing more than a file copy procedure. The entire contents,...

Adding a host record for a domain name

Want to be able to allow your users to get to your Web server without typing in the "www"? For example, if your domain name is company.com, you can configure http://www.company.com/ and http://company.com/ so that they'll both take users to...

Stopping unauthorized DNS zone transfers

If you do not specifically configure your DNS server to accept zone transfer requests only from designated sources, anyone on the Internet with the proper tools can transfer a complete copy of your DNS zone database to their system....

When you create a DNS zone, the name of the logged-on user is automatically placed in the SOA record

Did you know that when you create a new zone file in DNS, you might inadvertently reveal the name of the administrator account? When you create a DNS zone, the name of the logged-on user is automatically placed in the...

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