[Samba] Internal DNS and recursion

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny241155 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 19 08:21:53 UTC 2015

On 19/08/15 01:57, John Gardeniers wrote:
> On the Samba wiki at 
> https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Samba_Internal_DNS there is the 
> following:
> If you have chosen the internal DNS as backend for your environment, 
> there are only two options that can be added to your smb.conf, to 
> control the behaviour of DNS at this point:
> # Don't allow any updates | allow unsigned updates | only allow signed 
> updates
> allow dns updates = False | nonsecure | signed
> # If recursive queries = yes is set, the following is also needed
> dns forwarder = <ip addr of external dns server>
> I think the page needs some urgent editing because self contradictions 
> merely create confusion. Specifically, there should be no reference to 
> "recursive queries = yes" in the comment if that is not even a valid 
> option. Alternatively, there could be a comment explaining that the 
> "dns forwarder" automatically actives recursion.

OK, page updated.

> While on the subject of internal DNS, why do most functions not work 
> when using the RSAT DNS management tool? Is this situation likely to 
> improve in the near future? We could of course use external Bind, 
> which would allow us to use the existing scripts and commands that 
> we're used to, but that breaks the use of AD tools.

No idea about the dns functions not working but I use Bind and the AD 
dns tool works for me.

> regards,
> John

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