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Best Practice query re DNS servers


Renny
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Hi all

First up all is well with my home network, but a recent event with my wife's PC got me thinking.

First up, I am running WSE2012 but all clients are in Home Group mode (I'm a wimp I know)

My modem/Router points to my ISP's DNS Servers as primary and secondary.

My PC points to DYNDNS as I have a dynamic IP and it resolves to a ,com address for remote access. All good!

My wife's PC was having trouble resolving things like google,com or news.com.au in WE9 so I installed Chrome, same result.

Turns out her PC was pointed to the WSE machine for DNS which I presume was a hangover from opting out of the domain after the client connector was installed.

 

So I pointed the PC to my modem/router (10.1.1.1) and all seems to be good.

 

So my question is, is it better to set your DNS server on each PC as your access point or should I set the PC(s) to use an "external " address such as that of my ISP (which is the fastest) or DynDns, or Google etc)

 

Or, does it make no difference?

 

Your thoughts....

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It would be a good practice to check each client after you install the connector software.  I use my ISP's DNS server as the primary and Google as the secondary, both of which are hard coded into the router.

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I presume your router has a dynamic IP, Yes?

So you must manage internet access to your client PCs in what fashion?

I only need to access the server using the .remotewebaccess.com account or my PC using the .dyndns.com addresses.

 

Just curious,,

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LogMeIn is what I use.  Now, I am still using 2011 but have used SBS2008 in the past and used No-IP.com for a DNS updater.  I think you will find that your external IP address rarely changes.

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If your client PCs were members of the domain, I would say you really need to have them point their DNS to the Domain Controller. Since they're not domain members, it should be fine pointing their DNS to your router.

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If you joined them to the domain, the connector software would automatically point them to the doamin.

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^^ What he said. The only thing I would add is that, if you let them join the domain, you would want to ensure the server had its DNS configured correctly to forward DNS requests.

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