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Windows Server DNS v Router

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  • Setting up a small network for 10 users and it will have a Domain Controller, DNS & File Server. It will also have a backup server with the Domain Controller on - I understand Active Directory needs to have an AD Aware DNS but I have a few questions

    1) Should my client PCs point towards the Server DNS & Router DNS? Or do i setup another DNS server on the backup server?

    2) In the past I've found the Server DNS to be really slow at loading web pages then i switch my clients to the router DNS and its faster? Should I be setting the Server DNS to use google DNS or something?


    Thursday, May 31, 2018 8:11 AM

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  • Hi,

    First of all, for 10 users it wouldn't make sense for you to have a domain controller, due to cost measurement it wouldn't make sense for that, for 10 users, it is wise to use just a normal workgroup instead. Therefore to answer your question, see below.

    1) Your client PC should point to a server DNS if you have a server running a DNS server service, otherwise you can fall back to public DNS, e.g 4.2.2.2 = google dns, it doesn't matter which DNS host provider you are using, unless internally you have some in-house services which require internal DNS verfication for host record forwarding or zoning, then you will need to indicate them.

    2) It all depends on which DNS provider you are using. and also the type of network bandwidth you are subscribing. hope it answers your questions.


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