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Article ID: 298448 - Last Review: March 29, 2007 - Revision: 12.7

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This article summarizes a wide variety of sources for information on configuring the Domain Name System (DNS) and Active Directory. For more information about Windows 2000 and directory services, please refer to the following Microsoft Web site: (


Deployment Lab Scenarios

Windows 2000 Resource Kit Deployment Lab Scenarios document solutions that provide example configurations showing the deployment of Windows 2000 technologies on an actual network simulating a large organization and the Internet.


Using Dcdiag and NetDiag in Windows 2000 to facilitate Domain Join and DC Creation (
Describes the functionality that has been added to the Domain Controller Diagnostics (Dcdiag.exe) and Network Diagnostics (Netdiag.exe) tools included in Windows 2000. This new functionality verifies the DNS infrastructure required for deploying the Windows 2000 Active Directory service.

Troubleshooting section ( (from the Windows 2000 Resource Kit TCP/IP Core Networking Guide's - Chapter 6:Windows 2000 DNS)
Describes useful troubleshooting tools, provides DNS best practices, lists useful procedures, and explains how to diagnose and solve common DNS problems.

White Papers

Windows 2000 DNS White Paper (
This paper describes the Windows 2000 operating system Domain Naming System (DNS), including design, implementation, and migration issues. It discusses how DNS is implemented in Windows 2000, shows examples of DNS implementations, and describes the architectural criteria that network architects and administrators should consider when designing a DNS namespace for the Active Directory service to provide reliable network naming services.

Windows 2000 Deployment Planning Guide (
The Deployment Planning Guide provides important planning and technical product information to assist teams in charge of deploying Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional.

Free Resource Kit Chapters

These chapters from the Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit and the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit contain valuable information about Active Directory and DNS.


Windows 2000 Active Directory Migration Tool (
The Active Directory Migration Tool provides an easy, secure, and fast way to migrate to Windows 2000 Active Directory service. As a system administrator, you can use this tool to diagnose any possible problems before starting migration operations to Windows 2000 Server Active Directory. You can then use the task-based wizard to migrate users, groups, and computers; set correct file permissions; and migrate Microsoft Exchange Server mailboxes. The tool's reporting feature allows you to assess the impact of the migration, both before and after move operations.

Microsoft DNSLint Tool (
DNSLint is a Microsoft Windows utility that helps you to diagnose common DNS name resolution issues. This utility is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.

For additional information about the DNSLint tool, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
321045  ( ) Description of the DNSLint utility
321046  ( ) How to use DNSLint to troubleshoot Active Directory replication issues

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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft BackOffice Server 2000
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