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Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting DNS for Active Directory

DNS and AD go together like peanut butter and jelly. You'll need a hands-on, working knowledge of how to install, configure, and maintain DNS for AD. Specifically, you need to be able to install and configure DNS with AD-integrated zones and then get those zones to chat with non-AD-integrated zones.

Make certain that you know the rules for dynamic DNS updates; know which clients can and which cannot participate directly with DNS, or if they need DHCP to help out. If you completed the 70-216 Exam, this information should be a review; if not, you're prepping for that exam as well.

Make a point to know how to create DNS records manually. You should be able to create SRV, CNAME, MX, and WINS records with ease. You should also know about reverse lookup records (PTR) and why you'll need them. With multiple DNS servers, you'll need to pay attention to both full (AXFR) and incremental (IXFR) transfers. Of course, knowledge of managing and monitoring DNS is essential.


Study Hint: Create AD DNS zones, and integrate them with non-DNS zones. Configure replication, and test your changes.

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