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How can I confirm that DNS is configured correctly?

I have a DNS server for a LAN for 90 users. I tested my DNS and it works fine, but I'm not sure it's configured properly. What steps can I do to confirm that DNS is configured right?

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To determine if your DNS server is functioning correctly, there are a number of steps that you can take.
1. Do you have dynamic updates enabled? If so, add a new host to your network (or change the IP address of an existing host) and see if the change is reflected in DNS.
2. Can your clients access machines on the local network by using hostnames/fully qualified DNS names?
3. Can your clients access Internet resources using FQDNs? (Assuming that you've enabled Internet access for your clients, obviously.) Use nslookup to verify the correctness of DNS entries in your DNS server -- see the following link for information about the syntax of this useful command: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/nslookup.mspx

This was first published in April 2005

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