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Address Manager Administration Guide

BlueCat Address Manager

How to set DNS Recursion by using the Root Hints option.

Setting DNS Recursion

Recursion allows a DNS server to return queries about names for which it is not authoritative. Root Hints are the Address Manager equivalent of the Windows recursion setting. Unlike the other server-level settings that Address Manager imports at the Windows server level, the Recursion setting is imported at the view level. If you configured the names and IP addresses of the root name servers on the Root Hints tab of the Managed Windows server, these are added to the Root Hints option in Address Manager.

Several other features in Windows DNS require recursion. These include forwarding, conditional forwarding, and stub zones. Configuring any of these settings enables recursion on the Managed Windows server.
Note: If you do not configure forwarding, forwarding zones (conditional forwarding) or stub zones in Address Manager, or if you do not assign the Root Hints option, Recursion is disabled during deployment.
Note: The DNS root name servers change from time to time. In the event of a change to one or more of the root servers, the Windows DNS server may receive an update file from Microsoft. Unless Address Manager is also configured with these changes, it overwrites the Managed Windows server with out-of-date information during the next deployment. You must ensure that the list of name servers in Address Manager (Root Hints option) is always up-to-date.

To set the Root Hints option:

  1. Select the DNS tab. Tabs remember the page you last worked on, so select the DNS tab again to ensure you are working with the Configuration information page.
  2. Click a view. The DNS View page opens.
  3. Click the Deployment Options tab.
  4. Click New, then select DNS Option.
  5. From the Option drop-down menu, select Root Hints.
  6. In the Server section, determine the servers to which this option applies:
    • To apply the option to all servers in the configuration select All Servers.
      Attention: Server Groups only support BlueCat DNS/DHCP Servers.
    • To apply the option to a specific server select Specific Server, and then select a server from the drop-down list.
  7. Click Add to add the deployment option and return to the Deployment Options tab, or click Add Next to add another deployment option.