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DNS on Windows Server 2003 : O'Reilly Ser. - Cricket Liu

DNS on Windows Server 2003

O'Reilly Ser.

Paperback Published: 6th January 2004
ISBN: 9780596005627
Number Of Pages: 418

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While computers and other devices identify each other on networks or the Internet by using unique addresses made up of numbers, humans rely on the Domain Name System (DNS), the distributed database that allows us to identify machines by name. DNS does the work of translating domain names into numerical IP addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and many other services, so that users require little or no knowledge of the system. If you're a network or system administrator, however, configuring, implementing, and maintaining DNS zones can be a formidable challenge. And now, with Windows Server 2003, an understanding of the workings of DNS is even more critical.

"DNS on Windows Server 20003" is a special Windows-oriented edition of the classic "DNS and BIND," updated to document the many changes to DNS, large and small, found in Windows Server 2003. Veteran O'Reilly authors, Cricket Liu, Matt Larson, and Robbie Allen explain the whole system in terms of the new Windows Server 2003, from starting and stopping a DNS service to establishing an organization's namespace in the global hierarchy.

Besides covering general issues like installing, setting up, and maintaining the server, "DNS on Windows Server 2003" tackles the many issues specific to the new Windows environment, including the use of the dnscmd program to manage the Microsoft DNS Server from the command line and development using the WMI DNS provider to manage the name server programmatically. The book also documents new features of the Microsoft DNS Server in Windows Server 2003, including conditional forwarding and zone storage in Active Directory (AD) application partitions.

"DNS on Windows Server 2003" provides grounding in: Security issues System tuning Caching Zone change notification Troubleshooting Planning for growth If you're a Windows administrator, "DNS on Windows Server 2003" is the operations manual you need for working with DNS every day. If you're a Windows user who simply wants to take the mystery out of the Internet, this book is a readable introduction to the Internet's architecture and inner workings.

Prefacep. vii
Backgroundp. 1
A (Very) Brief History of the Internetp. 1
On the Internet and Internetsp. 2
The Domain Name System in a Nutshellp. 4
The History of the Microsoft DNS Serverp. 8
Must I Use DNS?p. 9
How Does DNS Work?p. 11
The Domain Namespacep. 11
The Internet Domain Namespacep. 17
Delegationp. 21
Name Servers and Zonesp. 22
Resolversp. 26
Resolutionp. 26
Cachingp. 33
Where Do I Start?p. 36
Which Name Server?p. 36
Choosing a Domain Namep. 39
Setting Up the Microsoft DNS Serverp. 50
Our Zonep. 50
Installing the Microsoft DNS Serverp. 51
The DNS Consolep. 55
Setting Up DNS Datap. 58
Running a Primary Master Name Serverp. 82
Running a Secondary Name Serverp. 86
Adding More Zonesp. 92
DNS Propertiesp. 92
What Next?p. 95
DNS and Electronic Mailp. 96
MX Recordsp. 97
Adding MX Records with the DNS Consolep. 99
What's a Mail Exchanger, Again?p. 99
The MX Algorithmp. 102
DNS and Exchangep. 104
Configuring Hostsp. 106
The Resolverp. 106
Resolver Configurationp. 107
Advanced Resolver Featuresp. 118
Other Windows Resolversp. 120
Sample Resolver Configurationsp. 124
Maintaining the Microsoft DNS Serverp. 127
What About Signals?p. 127
Loggingp. 129
Updating Zone Datap. 129
Zone Datafile Controlsp. 136
Aging and Scavengingp. 141
Integrating with Active Directoryp. 146
Active Directory Domainsp. 147
Storing Zones in Active Directoryp. 152
DNS as a Service Location Brokerp. 155
Growing Your Domainp. 164
How Many Name Servers?p. 164
Adding More Name Serversp. 171
Registering Name Serversp. 174
Changing TTLsp. 177
Planning for Disastersp. 180
Coping with Disasterp. 182
Parentingp. 185
When to Become a Parentp. 186
How Many Children?p. 186
What to Name Your Childrenp. 187
How to Become a Parent: Creating Subdomainsp. 188
Subdomains of in-addr.arpa Domainsp. 198
Good Parentingp. 206
Managing the Transition to Subdomainsp. 212
The Life of a Parentp. 214
Advanced Features and Securityp. 215
New Ways to Make Changesp. 215
WINS Linkagep. 224
Building Up a Large, Sitewide Cache with Forwardersp. 229
Load Sharing Between Mirrored Serversp. 232
The ABCs of IPv6 Addressingp. 233
Securing Your Name Serverp. 234
nslookup and digp. 237
Is nslookup a Good Tool?p. 237
Interactive Versus Noninteractivep. 239
Option Settingsp. 239
Avoiding the Search Listp. 242
Common Tasksp. 243
Less Common Tasksp. 246
Troubleshooting nslookup Problemsp. 252
Best of the Netp. 255
Using digp. 256
Managing DNS from the Command Linep. 261
Installing the DNS Serverp. 262
Stopping and Starting the DNS Server Servicep. 262
Managing the DNS Server Configurationp. 265
An Installation and Configuration Batch Scriptp. 278
Other Command-Line Utilitiesp. 279
Managing DNS Programmaticallyp. 282
WMI and the DNS Providerp. 282
WMI Scripting with VBScript and Perlp. 284
Server Classesp. 289
Zone Classesp. 299
Resource Record Classesp. 304
Troubleshooting DNSp. 308
Is DNS Really Your Problem?p. 308
Checking the Cachep. 309
Using DNSLintp. 311
Potential Problem Listp. 313
Interoperability Problemsp. 324
Problem Symptomsp. 325
Miscellaneousp. 329
Using CNAME Recordsp. 329
Wildcardsp. 332
A Limitation of MX Recordsp. 333
DNS and Internet Firewallsp. 333
Dial-up Connectionsp. 351
DNS Message Format and Resource Recordsp. 355
Converting from BIND to the Microsoft DNS Serverp. 372
Top-Level Domainsp. 376
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780596005627
ISBN-10: 0596005628
Series: O'Reilly Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 6th January 2004
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 17.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 3

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