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I have a domain with a windows DNS that works great for every computer in that subnet. Today I setup a remote office and joined them to the network through a VPN tunnel and so those computers are on another subnet. I then set the remote office to use the main office DNS and it works great for almost everything.

My only problem is that i cannot query for servers in the main office without having to add the full domain suffix;

nslookup <-- Works

nslookup dcserver <-- Doesn't work

Any ideas?

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Is the remote office part of the same domain as the main office? – Ryan Ries May 21 '12 at 19:36
It's no joined to a domain yet. Eventually it will be joined to the same domain but i would prefer it to work before that – Secana May 21 '12 at 20:08
Well in that case you'll need to go with JamesRyan's answer. – Ryan Ries May 21 '12 at 20:21
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Add them to the main domain or add the suffix in DNS settings. connection properties > TCP/IP properties > advanced > dns > append these dns suffixes (you can also set this via dhcp)

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While this would work I was hoping for a solution in the DNS server without having to join the machines to the domain – Secana May 21 '12 at 20:09
@Secana You need to set the search suffix on the client one way or another - setting it in the connection properties doesn't require a domain join. Do you use a DHCP server? You can set the search suffix there as well. – Shane Madden May 21 '12 at 21:48
@ShaneMadden +1, you should add that as an answer in its own right. – Chris McKeown May 21 '12 at 21:55
you can set most of those options using dhcp – JamesRyan May 21 '12 at 23:00

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