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Reconfigure the Domain Name System (DNS) Service

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

After deploying additional domain controllers in either a new regional domain in an existing forest or in a single domain forest, do the following to reconfigure the DNS service:

  • Configure the DNS client settings of the first and subsequent domain controllers

    After you have deployed an additional domain controller, modify the DNS client settings on the first domain controller. Because no other domain controllers were running when you deployed the first domain controller, modify the DNS client settings on the first domain controller to include the additional domain controller. As you deploy more domain controllers, you might also need to modify the Alternate DNS server setting specified on existing domain controllers to ensure that this setting points to the closest DNS server.

  • Update the DNS delegation

    If you have delegated the DNS zone to an existing DNS server, update the DNS delegation for the domain after you install the DNS Server service on new domain controllers.

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