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Tom Shinder Q&A: DNS and BIND

Tom Shinder answers user questions about DNS and BIND.

Author Tom Shinder fields user questions on DNS and BIND in a followup to his Sept. 6 searchWin2000 live expert Q&A.

Q:What are the advantages and disadvantages of using only UNIX DNS (Bind 8.x) with Windows2000 (Active Directory) clients? Is this possible?

A:The Win2k DHCP server won't update the BIND server, so this represents a small disadvantage. If you already have a BIND solution in place, you will not be able to take advantage of the AD multimaster replication scheme.

Q: Why did MS decide to go with BIND 4.x instead of BIND 9.x?

A:Hard to say. I assume they figured that the 4.x standard was in wider implementation and more stable the time of the Win2k DNS server development.

Q:Is there a good source of information for learning DNS/DHCP/WINS irregardless of OS and server types to grasp a better understanding of services and protocols?

A:Check out DNS and Bind published by O'Reilly and Associates.

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