DNS on Windows Server 2003, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2003
Pages: 418

While computers and other devices identify each other on networks or the Internet by using unique addresses made up of numbers, humans rely on the Domain Name System (DNS), the distributed database that allows us to identify machines by name. DNS does the work of translating domain names into numerical IP addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and many other services, so that users require little or no knowledge of the system. If you're a network or system administrator, however, configuring, implementing, and maintaining DNS zones can be a formidable challenge. And now, with Windows Server 2003, an understanding of the workings of DNS is even more critical.

DNS on Windows Server 20003 is a special Windows-oriented edition of the classic DNS and BIND, updated to document the many changes to DNS, large and small, found in Windows Server 2003. Veteran O'Reilly authors, Cricket Liu, Matt Larson, and Robbie Allen explain the whole system in terms of the new Windows Server 2003, from starting and stopping a DNS service to establishing an organization's namespace in the global hierarchy.

Besides covering general issues like installing, setting up, and maintaining the server, DNS on Windows Server 2003 tackles the many issues specific to the new Windows environment, including the use of the dnscmd program to manage the Microsoft DNS Server from the command line and development using the WMI DNS provider to manage the name server programmatically. The book also documents new features of the Microsoft DNS Server in Windows Server 2003, including conditional forwarding and zone storage in Active Directory (AD) application partitions.

DNS on Windows Server 2003 provides grounding in:

  • Security issues
  • System tuning
  • Caching
  • Zone change notification
  • Troubleshooting
  • Planning for growth
If you're a Windows administrator, DNS on Windows Server 2003 is the operations manual you need for working with DNS every day. If you're a Windows user who simply wants to take the mystery out of the Internet, this book is a readable introduction to the Internet's architecture and inner workings.
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4.0

Excellent MS DNS Reference

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Comments about oreilly DNS on Windows Server 2003, 3rd Edition:

Excellent DNS Administration book, highly recommended. The book is a little weak in the area of reverse lookup zone creation and delegation especially for networks other than full class B and C. Examples in this area appear Unix Bind rather than MS oriented.

 
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Poor layout but good resource

By Tom Payne

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Comments about oreilly DNS on Windows Server 2003, 3rd Edition:

This doesn't get quite full marks due to its layout which seemed counter intuitive; but there is no denying that all the information you need is in there. It also seems to be used by our DNS management team (http://www.n3k.co.uk/) when we outsourced last year; I noticed the book was pride of place in their office shelves. Recommended if you are using any DNS or DHCP applications.

Tom Payne Maintel - Business Communication Systems

 
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A must have for Windows DNS

By Jason

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I got this book coming from a BIND background and wanting to move to Windows DNS (I do have a valid reason). The first few chapters cover DNS background similar to the BIND book. After that it moves on into how to do things in the Windows world. It uses examples that are straight from the BIND book but done in Windows 2003. There are lots of screen shots and clear explaination. One of the really good things, for those coming from a *nix background, are the chapters on running from a command line and using PERL scripts to manage DNS. Overall it is a great book for anyone running DNS on Windows.

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By Cornelio N. Framil, Jr., MCSE, CCEA, A+

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A must read for System Admin on Windows 2003 and I highly recommend this book to all I.T. professionals. A definitive guide for Windows 2003 DNS indeed!

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