I set up my Windows Server 2008 R2 box to act as a DNS server so that I could address some of the computers by name instead of IP. I'm a little rusty on DNS, so you'll have to bear with me. I configured my router to use my Server as the DNS server for the network and can successfully address machines by name from within my network. I've set up a forwarder from the DNS server to a "real" DNS server out in the real world to handle all the other DNS requests (pretty much all web requests).
Things seem to be working, I was just curious about the behavior of the Windows DNS configuration. No tutorial that I read made mention of a forwarder, but without me manually specifying one, all web searches failed (which makes sense, because my DNS server didn't define ANY .com zones).
Is the Windows DNS server supposed to default to forward requests to a real DNS server? Or do I need to configure that forwarder myself like I did.