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Old 10-13-2006, 01:40 AM   #1
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Working in a Windows AD world :(

So I have a question, the folks at my companys Computing department have told me that my new linux Suse 10.1 server doesn't not have to get added to their DNS because it's bound to the 'active directory' . Now correct me if I'm wrong but AD is for windoze right? Well needless to say I cannot resolve that server from other computers. Well that's unfair i can on some but not others. Does anyone have a suggestion or can at least tell me how and why linux can be bound to AD.

Poor tux, tied down by AD ropes
Old 10-13-2006, 06:23 AM   #2
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It sounds like there is some confusion somewhere... They need to register your server in DNS, even if the DNS service uses Active Directory to store information. Windows machines automatically register their DNS information *themselves*, although this is a totally separate operation from "joining" the Active Directory domain. For a Linux system they can just enter the DNS information manually.

The process goes something like this:

Boot Windows > Windows DHCP client gets IP address of DNS via DHCP > Windows DHCP client uses "dynamic DNS" to register with DNS service > Windows DNS service stores the new information from the client in the database that AD uses.

Since this is all automatic and happens without any user interaction, your administrators may not clearly understand how it works...


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