Samba4 Internal DNS Forwarding

Andrew LaPierre alapierre at
Wed Dec 4 15:07:25 MST 2013

I'm running Samba 4.2.0pre1 and I can't seem to get my samba dns to forward
I'm using the internal dns for Samba.

IP of my Samba4 server -
IP of my DNS server -

In my smb.conf file, I have dns forwarder = (My firewall and
local DNS server).
On that server I have various records, such as, which
points to

>From my Samba4 server, if I try to ping I get replies from (itself).
If I ping, I get "unknown host", I expect
replies from

I can't seem to figure out what I'm missing, am I expecting the wrong
behavior?  I'm expecting it to check my dns forwarder for an entry if
samba's internal dns doesn't know how to resolve something, it's like it's
taken full ownership of and won't even bother passing it on.

Thank you for your advice.

Andrew LaPierre

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