RE: Windows 2003 Active Directory

  • From: "adrian bolzan" <abolzan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2005 17:22:12 +1100


From my own experience I would say that you should not use your public
domain name as your internal AD domain name; I would recommend something
like "kenya-airways.local".  As you host your website externally, and I
presume use external DNS servers, you will find that you will not have
to manage your Windows DNS servers as much.

If you use as your AD domain you will need to set up
hosts in the Windows server's DNS that point to external sources.  This
means 'www', 'mail' and anything else.  You can do it but it is a

If you use the "kenya-airways.local" then all requests for name
resolution will be passed to your DNS servers (again I presume these are
external servers, like an ISP), including

I realise that this seems trivial but using .local would give you more
flexibility, for example when hosting your own DNS servers (we use BIND
on linux in split DNS, together with the Windows server DNS services),
as well as any other number of services.

We used one of our domain names as our AD domain and this is now
generating more work than I need.

Anyway, just my AUD$0.20.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kamire, Thomas [mailto:Thomas.Kamire@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Monday, 7 March 2005 4:49 PM
> To: [ExchangeList]
> Subject: [exchangelist] Windows 2003 Active Directory
> Importance: High
> I work for Kenya Airways and we are next week moving to
> Active Directory Windows 2003 and we would like to use our
> as our internal namespace on the DNS and
> there is somewhere Microsoft is saying that we anyone moving
> to ADS should try and have twor different names spaces for
> internal and external. Since we have registerd this namespace
> and we use it for our website which is hosted outside the
> organisation and our email.
> Is it possible to still use this for our DNS?
> Regards
> Thomas Kamire
> Systems Engineer
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