Happy New Year everyone!
I would like to thank the a-holes that woke the baby and us up at midnight with screaming, yelling, and fireworks. Staying up until midnight is not something one does with a newborn. Or perhaps I am just getting old & crabby...
Windows Server 2008 (continued)
Now that we have a functional server up and running we can start to add roles which will customize it's operation. The example I am going to choose here is adding the 'DNS Server' role. WS2008 takes a role-based approach to administration much more seriously than it's predecessor did. Any functionality for WS2008 must be added after installation. Microsoft extends this idea to the features of the Windows Server operating system itself. Two of the features we will need is the backup tool and the new Windows PowerShell. Adding features can be done from the 'Add Features' link on the 'Initial Configuration Tasks' page.
Once the features are selected, choose 'Next >'.
DNS servers need to have a static IP address which will enable them to always be found by there clients on the network. Additionally, the DNS server should be it's own client. The server's own IP address or '127.0.0.1' should be listed as the primary DNS server on the server's IP configuration window. Select the 'Add Roles' link on the Initial Configuration Tasks page. A 'Before You Begin' page starts the 'Add Roles Wizard', notifying you of any considerations that have to be made. Read the notice and proceed.
Listed are all of the roles that are available to install on the server. If a particular role is greyed-out, then it is already installed and no longer available. Choose the 'DNS Server' role and click 'Next >'.
The next page givens more information on the WS2008 DNS server along with some helpful links built into the page, a step up from Windows Server 2003. Click 'Next >'.
A summary page follows, the WS2008 install DVD may be needed during the process. If everything is as desired, click 'Install'.
All done! Further tasks need to be done from the DNS Console. Further tasks would include; configuring forward/reverse lookup zones, forwarders, and resource record creation.
The DNS Console should now be available from the administrative tools section.
DNS is primarily used in support of Active Directory, but can function very well in a standalone capacity. WS2008 and DNS can provide name resolution services for small to large networks without Active Directory.