Adding a GlobalNames zone to a forest

Updated: May 9, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use this task to create a GlobalNames zone to maintain a set of single-label, Domain Name System (DNS) names that Windows Server 2008 DNS servers can resolve on behalf of DNS clients throughout a single forest in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). See Providing Single-Label DNS Name Resolution for information about deploying a GlobalNames zone.

Deploying a GlobalNames zone in a single forest requires that you perform the following steps:

  1. Create a zone named GlobalNames that replicates to all domain controllers in the forest.

  2. Add an alias (CNAME) record to the zone for each host for which you want to provide single-label name resolution. For example, if you want DNS clients to be able to access a server whose fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is cweb.itgroup.contoso.com, add an alias (CNAME) resource record that maps the name cweb to cweb.igroup.contoso.com.

To complete this task, perform the following procedures:

  1. Create the GlobalNames Zone

  2. Add an Alias (CNAME) Resource Record to the Global Names Zone

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