Naming Hosts and Domains

In Windows NT 4.0 and earlier, a computer is identified primarily by a NetBIOS name—it is by this name that the computer is known on the network. In Windows 2000, a computer is identified primarily by its full computer name, which is a DNS fully qualified domain name (FQDN). The same computer could be identified by more than one FQDN. However, only the FQDN that is a concatenation of the host name and the primary DNS suffix is the full computer name. In this chapter, the first label of the full computer name is known as the host name, and the remaining labels form a primary DNS suffix.

By default, the primary DNS suffix of a computer that is running Windows 2000 is set to the DNS name of the Active Directory domain to ...

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