NOTE: This is more for learning purposes than anything practical
Ok, so here's the basic setup: I have a Windows 2008 box that has IIS and DNS Manager installed on it. I added one zone (called it home.local) and added an a record called "mvctest.home.local" that points to the IPAddress of this machine. I set up a web site in IIS called "mvctest" and it all works fine on this machine. I then went to another machine (Windows 7 box) on my home network (have a wireless router) and in the IPV4 properties I set the DNS server to point to my Server 2008 machine. I opened a browser and pointed to "mvctest.home.local" and the web page came up. All works fine.
The problem is, after a few hours of inactivity, when I come back and try to pull up this site on my other machine (Windows 7 machine) it can't find it. Nothing I do seems to fix it. The only thing that finaly does work is if I restart the DNS Client Service, then it works again. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? Is there a setting in the DNS Manager I'm missing?