This has been puzzling me for quite a in the last few days
when i was taught how to create DNS last year, i'd just create install and configure it. no complaints.
then had a new teacher (previous one left). he's more "fully" into networking, mostly serious everyday.
this teacher went off at me, complaining it's not fully qualified etc etc. when everthing was working. he said "If i disabled netBIOS it will not work." and i said "don't disable it and who disables it anyway?" got more upset, thinking i was joking (well, i was really but he didn't take it that way).
so... i learnt how to do it by watching a few people who "seemed to understand everything and knew what they were doing.", enter suffix (at my computer), disable netbios (when configuring NIC)
i just want to know, whats the big deal? as long as DNS is working...right? - confused potential network professional (lol)[/i]
Re: FQDN & NetBIOS ?????
12 years 1 month ago #14984
Your teacher is right. DNS is not NetBIOS and vice versa! Windows may use netbios as well for name resolution, but that does not make it a proper solution. The standard for name service is DNS, netbios is a very general protocol that does many things, including providing very limited name services, but none that good. Also it has had a very bad history of security, which comes at no surprise considering that it is a very old protocol designed for small networks, which had its life extended by "feature-injections" on top of it, in order to be of some use to later demands, instead of being redesigned/replaced.
The basic reasons for why using netbios for name resolution is not proper, is that:
1) NetBIOS provides very limited features for name service
2) NetBIOS implementations in the various windows versions has been found to have dozens of problems (mostly about security)
3) NetBIOS is considered deprecated at most platforms and, for most of it's applications, ithas been replaced at windows as well (the last platform that actively supported it as far as I know).
4) Because of the previous, you would make things for users of non-windows platforms unnecessarily complicated
A Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) is kind of like stating your full name instead of just your first name. You could call yourself "Bob", but there are millions of Bobs out there, however there is only one "Bob Somebody" (for the sake of this explanation). So in DNS, you can have several devices named "Bob" but only one that is bob.somebody.net., or one that is bob.newpeople.somebody.net.com., etc. In a little more technical terms, the FQDN is the absolute part of the hierarchy that a device is located. Also notice that there's a period at the very end of the name. That is an easy way to spot that it's a FQDN, basically says "This is the end!" just like the period at the end of this sentence.
Re: FQDN & NetBIOS ?????
12 years 1 month ago #15004
OK, you got me on a technicality, Fallen Zero. I was trying to relate it to a sentence, but maybe that's not the best example. I guess I think of it as I'm not looking for a higher level once I see the period on the FQDN, because I've reached the end of what I'm looking for. Besides, I read from left to right.