I have a Samba4 AD-DC configured with internal DNS. I followed the configuration at https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Setting_up_Samba_as_an_Active_Directory_Domain_Controller I use this samba as my DNS for the network, but I find that it does not resolve names that don't have the domain suffix. Example:

# dig tarl.domain.example.com

;tarl.domain.example.com.         IN      A

tarl.domain.example.com.  900     IN      A

But, if I query without domain:

# dig tarl
; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4096
;tarl.                          IN      A

I have read and searched but could not find how to make Samba DNS resolve without domains. All I found was configuring DHCP to send a list of domains to try for these cases, but I prefer samba to handle this.

Thanks in Advance! Regards.

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    This is managed by the search suffix defined in /etc/resolv.conf. If this device has a static IP, change the file by hand. If it receives a dynamic IP, adjust settings on the DHCP server.
    – Andrew B
    Jan 4, 2017 at 23:36

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In Windows DNS, single-name resolution is handled by adding a GlobalNames zone to DNS.

I realize this isn't an answer, but my "points" didn't allow me to leave a comment. This info may help, feel free to convert it to a comment.

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