Heuristics for finding a Win2K domain controller ...

Steve Langasek vorlon at netexpress.net
Mon May 6 06:06:02 GMT 2002

On Mon, May 06, 2002 at 07:55:17AM +0200, Norbert P?schel wrote:
> Steve Langasek schrieb:

> > On Fri, May 03, 2002 at 07:50:35AM +0200, Norbert Püschel wrote:

> > > WINS is only used for backward compatibility in Win2K. The DCs are found
> > > via their
> > > DNS entries; they have entries of type SRV in _msdcs.your.domain, where
> > > your.domain is
> > > your DNS domain _and_ your W2K-domain.

> > > Your DNS must support dynamic DNS for this to work. W2Ks DNS-server does
> > > this, as does BIND 8/9.

> > Is dynamic DNS support absolutely /necessary/?  I.e., will a W2K DC fail

> Yes.

> There is no way you can avoid DDNS if you want to use AD. None.
> W2K-Clients use
> DNS to find their servers. (You could make static DNS entries, but this
> would not be
> very admin-friendly...)

When it comes to Windows admins, *I'm* not very admin-friendly, either.
I was specifically asking whether this could be done with static DNS
entries; I'm glad to hear the answer is yes.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer
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