Archive for August 2011

A person who is like me ( I am still not mastered AD,DNS concepts ) who want to master and become a geek in directory services will face below mentioned problem when he start putting his AD and DNS in his lab.

I recently came across this problme when I installed AD, DNS in my Lab setup.

When I did a nslookup in cmd prompt I got below error message



  This is 90 % due to you have not configured the reverse lookup zone for your forward zone.

Note : how to configure reverse lookup zone please refer the technet article –

I am sure when you configure it , it will resolve the Name server FQDN without any issues.

DNS Search Suffix.

The DNS search suffix’s are used by the client side to resolve the suffix (Ex – , etc)

 MVP – ACE Fekay has written beautiful article on that ,  Here is the link for that ( I thought instead of me expalining its better to put the link for ACE Link which I have referred 🙂 )


Hope this helps for Newbee’s ( Like Me) 🙂

Any quesiton mail it to –


I wanted to learn Basics on DFS . Here is the link which provides good start up for learning it.

Hope it helps.

Hello ,

      I needed to create my own lab setup. After Digging for about 2 days , Finally I set up My Lab.


Here are the details.


Network 1)

Network 2)

 I have used 2 NIC Cards in Dell Optiplex 320 Machine ( one NIC card with N/W and other . I have put in one NIC Card and on another. I have configured RRAS to in 320 system so that both Network can communicate with each other ( I am using windows server 2003  in my dell optiplex system ).

After configuring this two network sucessfully. I have connected 2 Dell Laptops on both the NIC’s ( One with and other with I have put 2 VMs on both laptop with server 2008 and Xp  OS.

Note : 1.Please make sure to disable the Windows firewall on the systems , otherwise systems will not ping from one network to other.

2. Make sure you are using Brideing in your VM not NATING.

After setting these up. I was able to test DHCP,DNS, AD DOmin and trust relationship. AD sites and services. Replmon , AD Metadata cleanup etc .


Over all It helped me a lot to understand the concept.

If you have any questions please email it to

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