I've inherited a LAN where there is really no name resolution being done for local resources... i.e. all users enter IP addresses manually to access printers and network shares. There are no LDAP servers or domains either....workstations simply connect to the network without authentication. DHCP is handled via a core switch... And DNS settings are also handed out by this same core switch. Currently, the DNS assignments are as such, and in this order:
10.1.1.50 / old Pentium III Windows 2003 box running DNS service- 128 MB RAM 169.200.x.x / ISP 22.214.171.124. / the well known public one
There a couple thousand clients on the LAN....and most of the activity is web browsing ( this is an educational setting ).
First of all, the server seems woefully underpowered for this task...yet there is virtually no slowness when web surfing by clients....
How much horsepower should a heavily used DNS server have ?
I have also heard using 126.96.36.199 is a bad idea .... since it has been so overused...
Finally, wouldn't it make sense to have a robust external DNS server listed first? ( Google's 188.8.131.52 would seem to be a logical candidate )