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Special Edition Using Microsoft Active Directory by James Hudson, Sean Fullerton

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DNS Troubleshooting Tools

It would be great to pretend otherwise, but sometimes bad things happen to good DNS servers. Usually, the difficulty is in setting up the DNS, but occasionally DNS servers just need a checkup. It must be very clear that the best troubleshooting tool for virtually anything is a knowledgeable administrator who deeply understands the architecture of the protocols and tools he or she is using.

Years ago, when BIND DNS was the only choice and the DNS management tool was VI (the standard UNIX text editor), most problems came from misconfigured boot and zone files. With the DNS MMC Snap-in and graphical management, a lot of the opportunity for error has been removed. The most common errors for DNS on Windows 2000 center around ...

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