DNS Server and Router Question

October 12, 2011 at 20:22:44
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2
I am currently running Windows Server 2008 R2. I have installed the DNS Server role on the server. Upon installation of the DNS Server role, the server has set the DNS connection settings for IPv4 as the loopback address ( There is no alternate DNS Server set up under the IPv4 settings.

Accessing the DNS Server under administrative tools on the server, I was able to find the forwarding settings under properties. The settings were set to forward unfound DNS requests to the router (thus the router would forward these requests to my ISP DNS Servers). In order to test my DNS Server, I deleted this forwarding address(router ip address), saved my settings, and attempted to connect to a website. My web address was resolved and I was able to connect to the website.

As I type this I think I may be realizing my problem, however, how was my DNS Server able to locate the ISP DNS Servers if I removed the forwarding address. (which was the router)?

Afternote: Was my DNS Server able to resolve the IP Address because it was stored in the cache? Could this be why the DNS Server was able to resolve the request?

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October 13, 2011 at 06:54:44
start by posting a ipconfig /all from the server and a workstation for review.
could be your dns server had nothing to do with anything

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October 13, 2011 at 08:39:55
A DNS server doen't need a forwarder to resolve queries (although it may be more efficient). It will go to the root servers and work its way down to resolve a query that is not in its cache.

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