Linux boxes in an AD domain; address w/o FQDN
I have a mixed network of linux and windows servers, in an AD domain.
I have added the linux boxes to the dns "domain.local" zone, and they are addressable using 'server-name.domain.local' on the network.
However, I would like them to be addressable using only their host name, without having to append the dns domain suffix.
This is easily done using a hosts file, but I find myself adding linux boxes frequently, and this process is, well, annoying (and is what dns is for).
How might I accomplish this? I do not really need the linux boxes to be part of the AD domain, but I do need to enable file sharing back-and-forth using Samba.
Would a secondary dns server work? Or a nfs-shared hosts file?