delegating a subdomain (NS records)


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usenet

Hi Folks, for our service, we require that clients set up a subdomain
and delegate that subdomain to our nameservers so that we can take
full control of just that subdomain. Let's call the domain
example.com, the subdomain to delegate "foo", and the nameservers
to delegate to ns.our_nameserver.com and ns2. By delegating
nameservice responsibilities, this allows us to change anything and
everything related to the subdomain without having to involve the
client. I know nothing about Windows DNS software, but in BIND,
this is done like so:

In the zonefile for example.com, add these entries:

foo IN NS ns.our_nameserver.com
foo IN NS ns2.our_nameserver.com

Isn't that great? Not even an IP address dependency.

The problem is, I haven't found a single person who can tell me how
to do this in Windows. Mind you, these are not A records or MX
entries - they're NS records, and they specifically do _not_ require
IP addresses.

Can anyone tell me how to do this, or verify that it just cannot
be done? Please, please, please don't tell me about A records or
CNAMEs. The above is exactly what I want, it's simple, and it
complies with DNS protocol.

You do not know how much I will appreciate getting the answer to
this years-old question.
 
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Eric Tsai

In Windows, DNS Manager allways add a A record of ns.yourdomain.com. to the
file and an NS record as you mentioned.
It's IP independent too.
The A record is only used to determine who can do Zone transfer.
 
H

Herb Martin

In the zonefile for example.com, add these entries:
foo IN NS ns.our_nameserver.com
foo IN NS ns2.our_nameserver.com

Isn't that great? Not even an IP address dependency.

The lack of a dependency is only due to (presumably) the NS pointing
to nameservers in another zone WHERE the A records exist.

Were the delegation to be to ns.foo.example.com then the A record with
IP would be needed too.

The problem is, I haven't found a single person who can tell me how
to do this in Windows. Mind you, these are not A records or MX
entries - they're NS records, and they specifically do _not_ require
IP addresses.

Just like you did it above OR using the MMC, right click on the Parent
zone and choose "New Delegation."

It's a GUI, use it.
 
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Ace Fekay [MVP]

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Hi Folks, for our service, we require that clients set up a subdomain
and delegate that subdomain to our nameservers so that we can take
full control of just that subdomain. Let's call the domain
example.com, the subdomain to delegate "foo", and the nameservers
to delegate to ns.our_nameserver.com and ns2. By delegating
nameservice responsibilities, this allows us to change anything and
everything related to the subdomain without having to involve the
client. I know nothing about Windows DNS software, but in BIND,
this is done like so:

In the zonefile for example.com, add these entries:

foo IN NS ns.our_nameserver.com
foo IN NS ns2.our_nameserver.com

Isn't that great? Not even an IP address dependency.

The problem is, I haven't found a single person who can tell me how
to do this in Windows. Mind you, these are not A records or MX
entries - they're NS records, and they specifically do _not_ require
IP addresses.

Can anyone tell me how to do this, or verify that it just cannot
be done? Please, please, please don't tell me about A records or
CNAMEs. The above is exactly what I want, it's simple, and it
complies with DNS protocol.

You do not know how much I will appreciate getting the answer to
this years-old question.

In addition to Eric and Herb's responses, here's a specific step by step how
to. This works whether for AD or not.

255248 - HOW TO Create a Child Domain in Active Directory and Delegate the
DNS Namespace to the Child Domain:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=255248


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Regards,
Ace

Please direct all replies to the newsgroup so all can benefit.
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties.

Ace Fekay, MCSE 2000, MCSE+I, MCSA, MCT, MVP
Microsoft Windows MVP - Active Directory
 
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Michael Johnston [MSFT]

It's pretty simple to do. Reference this article for more info: 255248 - HOW TO Create a Child Domain in Active Directory and Delegate the DNS Namespace
to the Child Domain: http://support.microsoft.com/?id=255248

Basically, right click on the parent zone and choose New Delegation. In the wizard, Add the NS servers for the zone. That's it.

Thank you,
Mike Johnston
Microsoft Network Support

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