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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (28 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596002300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002305
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,694,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DNS on Windows 2000 concerns itself with small and large-scale DNS issues. That Microsoft likes to implement network services in its own way--some would call this innovation; others would say it's reinventing the wheel--is news to no one. The folks from Redmond have built Domain Name Service (DNS) capability into Windows 2000 Server, and sure enough, the implementation differs from all those that preceded it. There's nothing wrong with it. It's just unique, and DNS on Windows 2000 explains how. What's more, the book explains DNS generally, in both global and organisational terms. For that reason, the authors are correct to point out in their introduction that this is essentially the classic DNS and BIND (which Cricket Liu, one of this book's authors, also co-wrote) for Windows 2000 instead of UNIX.

This book does a good job of tying together all aspects of DNS provision for a network administrator. It's a complex undertaking, since DNS involves not only elaborately inter-operating machines in the organisational network, but also interactions with other networks' services and global authorities. Liu and Matt Larson explain the whole system, from starting and stopping a DNS service under Windows 2000 to establishing an organisation's namespace in the global hierarchy. They rely on diagrams to clarify DNS conceptually, screen shots to set readers straight on how to configure servers and plenty of annotated nslookup runs to demonstrate correct and incorrect server behaviour. This book's your best bet if you need to implement DNS on a Windows 2000 network and have either no knowledge of DNS, or knowledge that's rooted in UNIX implementations. --David Wall

Topics covered: The Domain Name System (DNS) in general, and means of implementing it under Microsoft Windows 2000 Server specifically. There are specific instructions for setting up Microsoft DNS Server instances in a number of configurations, and advice on how to set up zones, MX records and sub-domains. All aspects of the interaction between Windows 2000 and DNS--notably Active Directory--receive attention.

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DNS on Windows 2000 is perfect if you're responsible for the care and feeding of DNS in a Win2K environment. Five stars. -- Douglas Luden, Focus on Windows

This a provides essential coverage of the Windows specific tools and techniques, as well as features such as Active Directory. -- Andrew Ward, Computer Shopper, Feb 2002

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book on DNS, but in 14 chapters only one is dedicated to the windows 2000 active-directory implementation of DNS. I bought the book to get an understanding of how to configure a WAN network with Active-Directory enabled DNS, however I'll have to look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason White on 29 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
Both this and O'Reilly's other book on DNS (DNS and BIND), are very well written introductions to DNS, this one with a Windows 2000 slant. They cover a wide range of information in a very readable, authoritative style and like most O'Reilly books they don't waste words. This book is not Windows 2000 centric, but it covers the W2K aspects well enough to nicely complement the freely available documentation from Microsoft.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great book! Technically usefull. 4 Dec. 2001
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Format: Paperback
This is a great book! I already own DNS and BIND, but that book is specifically for BIND. As a technical consultant on Microsoft networks (...) I regularly deal with DNS. With this book I'm learning a great deal about the special Microsoft differences with the Internet standard of DNS.
DNS isn't easy. Especially in dial-up and e-mail configurations, you must implement certain settings. This book really answers those questions. There's a whole chapter on configuring DNS for e-mail servers.
Technical depth is quite good. Good enough for most environments anyway. This book will not answer every technical bit, but than you would need a 1500+ pages book. In all other circumstances: GET THIS BOOK! Readability is excellent, and this book will certainly last another 5 years.
You will be vary satisfied with this book. I am.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
O'REILLY does it again! Great DNS Book! 24 Jun. 2002
By "dsm1649" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We needed to set up a Windows DNS server for our network, and all of my experience was with UNIX and BIND. This book has it all! What DNS is, how to plan your DNS structure, install a DNS server on Windows 2000, add forward/reverse zones, add additional DNS servers, and Active Directory integration!
I highly recomend this book to anyone who needs to set up a DNS server on a windows 2000 server!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good, OS specific info 18 May 2003
By Rob Banzai - Published on Amazon.com
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If you know nothing about DNS this book can help get you started in addition to providing very specific info on administering DNS under Win2k. This is about as easy as DNS under Win2k is going to get so it winds up highlighting just how confusing and sometimes byzantine Micro$oft's implementation of DNS can be.
It's best to use this book BEFORE you create a DNS server but in my case it helped me sort out a mess left behind by consultants, particularly the wild and wooly realm of reverse DNS entries. :)
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