Active Directory requires Microsoft DNS?

Matthew Huff mhuff at
Mon Sep 20 14:11:14 UTC 2010

Microsoft Active directory absolutely needs dynamic DNS. However, I know that it has been integrated with bind, so I don't believe it needs Microsoft DNS. A common procedure is to delegate a subdomain to the microsoft dns server and let the Active Directory forest be built within that environment.

Matthew Huff       | One Manhattanville Rd
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Mikelson [mailto:tmikelson at]
> Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 10:05 AM
> To: nanog at
> Subject: Active Directory requires Microsoft DNS?
> Presently our organization utilizes BIND for DNS services, with the
> Networking team administering.  We are now being told by the Systems team
> that they will be responsible for DNS services and that it will be changed
> over to the Microsoft DNS service run on domain controllers.  The reason
> given is that the Active Directory implementation requires the Microsoft DNS
> service and dynamic DNS.  Not being a Microsoft administrator I do not know
> the veracity of these claims.  Anyone out there had any experiences with a
> situation like this?  I am a bit leery of changing something that is already
> working.
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