Applies to: Exchange Server 2013
Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-08
This topic explains how to use the Group Policy Management console (GPMC) to configure the Domain Name System (DNS) suffix search list. In some Microsoft Exchange 2013 scenarios, if you have a disjoint namespace, you must configure the DNS suffix search list to include multiple DNS suffixes.
What do you need to know before you begin?
- Estimated time to complete: 10 minutes
- To perform this procedure, the account you use must be
delegated membership in the Domain Admins group.
- Confirm that you have installed .NET Framework 3.0 on the
computer on which you will install the GPMC.
Note: The current version of the GPMC that you can download from the Microsoft Download Center operates on the 32-bit versions of the Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP operating systems and can remotely manage Group Policy objects on 32-bit and 64-bit domain controllers. This version of the GPMC doesn't include a 64-bit version, and the 32-bit version doesn't run on 64-bit platforms. The 32-bit version of Windows Server 2008 and the 32-bit version of Windows Vista both include a 32-bit version of the GPMC. The 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista both include a 64-bit version of the GPMC.
- For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the
procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in
the Exchange Admin Center.
Use the GPMC to configure the DNS suffix search list
- On a 32-bit computer in your domain, install GPMC with Service
Pack 1 (SP1). For download information, see Group Policy Management Console with Service Pack
Note: If you have a computer in your domain running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista, you can skip this step.
- Click Start > Programs > Administrative
Tools > Group Policy Management.
- In Group Policy Management, expand the forest and the
domain in which you will apply Group Policy. Right-click Group
Policy Objects, and then click New.
- In New GPO, type a name for the policy, and then click
- Right-click the new policy that you created in Step 4, and
then click Edit.
- In Group Policy Management Editor, expand Computer
Configuration, expand Policies, expand Administrative
Templates, expand Network, and then click DNS
- Right-click DNS Suffix Search List, click All
Tasks, and then click Edit.
- On the DNS Suffix Search List Properties page, select
Enabled. In the DNS Suffixes box, type the primary
DNS suffix of the disjoint computer, the DNS domain name, and any
additional namespaces for other servers with which Exchange may
interoperate, such as monitoring servers or servers for third-party
applications. Click OK.
- In Group Policy Management, expand Group Policy
Objects, and then select the policy that you created in
Step 4. On the Scope tab, scope the policy so that it
applies to only the computers that are disjoint.
How do you know this worked?
To verify that you have successfully completed your migration, do the following:
- After you install Exchange 2013, verify that you can send email
messages inside and outside your organization.