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Setting up a DNS server


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Tjvelcro

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Hi all,

I want to build a domain at home for fun and I want to know if I need a DNS server even for a small private domain? If I do, is there a step by step document I can look at for reference? Thanks a ton.

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Depends on what you mean by "Domain". If you are referring to a Windows Domain Controller, you are looking at $500+ for the OS (unless you are currently a student). If that is the case then yes, the Server that will function as the Domain Controller must have a DNS server that contains DNS records for your domain.

If you are referring to a internet domain then you will need to purchase one. They are typically less than $10 per month. With the internet domain you could host servers using the FQDN (fully qualified domain name). For this you would also need a static IP. It against the Acceptable Usage Policy of many home ISPs to host such servers.

If you are looking for a free LDAP server similar to Windows Active Directory, then openLDAP is for you. However, last time I looked at the documentation I was not impressed with the learning curve involved.


Please explain what you are attempting to do so that I can better assist you.

Edited by Titan8990, 15 November 2008 - 08:05 PM.

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Yes, I'm a student so I do have a copy of Windows 2003. I don't want an internet domain, just the ability to mess around with a windows domain so I can practice. I currently have the Windows 2003 machine setup and I created the domain but my Xp machine cannot join, it gets a error message about DNS like it cannot find my domain name.

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I have attached the error I get. I made a mistake earlier, my XP machine works fine but my vista machine is the one have trouble. When I do a ipconfig /all on both machines I get similar responses. Both machines have the entries DNS servers and Connection-Specific DNS Suffix being my rogers connection.

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