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Hour 15. Understanding the Domain Name S... > Installing the Domain Name Service

Installing the Domain Name Service

The Windows Server 2008 implementation of DNS, which was known as the Dynamic Domain Name Service in previous versions of the Windows Server product line (DDNS was originally implemented in the Windows 2000 Server product), provides for dynamic updates, which allows network clients using the DNS service to automatically update their client resource records in the DNS database. Microsoft’s DDNS also allows for integration with the Active Directory Domain Services, which means that the DNS database is replicated among all the domain controllers within the domain (domain controllers that also serve as DNS servers). DNS is also integrated with the Windows Server 2008 implementation of DHCP; the DNS server can work with DHCP to synchronize mappings from hostname to IP address for the hosts on your network.

There is more than one way to install DNS on Windows Server 2008. You can install DNS during the installation of Active Directory Domain Services and the configuration of a domain controller for the new domain that you are creating. (This scenario is discussed in Hour 8. You can also install the DNS role on any server running Windows Server 2008 (whether that server is a domain controller or just a member server in your domain).


  

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