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 From:  "James W. McKeand" <james at mckeand dot biz>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] DHCP Settings
 Date:  Mon, 19 Sep 2005 21:55:37 -0500
PF: m0n0wall wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jay Binks [mailto:Jay dot Binks at safeworld dot net dot au]
>> Subject: FW: [m0n0wall] DHCP Settings
>> Mainly, because the windows server sucks.
>> And is up and down like a yoyo..
>> Ive managed to HACK my monowall to do as a wanted.
> If you are running a Windows Active Directory, you are going to
> eventually run in to a situation where you NEED the Windows DNS
> working properly or things are going to get hosed.  Windows
> 2000/2003/XP and active directory are very dependent on DNS working
> properly for the machines that are on the network (i.e.. Servers and
> workstations need DNS entries.) For example, if you try and add a
> machine to the domain and it can't resolve the AD servers DNS name,
> it won't fly. 
> I run several Windows networks and never have had any issues with
> Windows 2000/2003 DNS servers crashing or being unavailable. 
> Something is wrong with your setup if this is happening.
> As another poster mentioned, the best idea is to use the AD DNS for
> your Windows machines and have the AD DNS servers use m0n0wall as the
> DNS forwarder.
> OK, let the flame war commence.

Don't want to flame - want to agree... For AD to work properly you need
use Microsoft's DNS. They say you can use BIND, but my experience has
been when you don't use Microsoft's parts things go goofy - quick.
Probably 95% of the networks I have been called into work on have
problems stemming from name resolution - this goes back for over 8 years
with NT 4 networks. If name resolution does not work properly - all
kinds of squirrelly things happen. Whether the name resolution mechanism
is DNS or WINS, if it is broke (or not used) things do not go well.

As far as "HACK my monowall to do as a wanted" why would anyone go threw
that much trouble. You can take a piece of steel, drill a hole, tap it
(put internal threads in the hole), cut the corners off and make a nut.
Or go to the hardware store a get one ready made out of a bin.
James W. McKeand