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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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DNS and Active Directory Namespaces

As we saw in Chapter 6, “Understanding Active Directory Services,” an Active Directory domain must be rooted in a DNS domain name. Figure 8.1 shows a DNS domain namespace and a corresponding Active Directory tree.

Figure 8.1. DNS Namespace and Active Directory tree.

There's no question that deploying and managing Active Directory is simpler if you use Windows Server 2003 name servers. However, if you have an existing third-party DNS platform, it's not likely that you can shift to Windows Server 2003 overnight. You may not even want to shift at all. Because DNS is such a critical element in Active Directory design ...

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