This book deals with name servers that run on Windows Server 2003, particularly the Microsoft DNS Server. We will also occasionally mention other name servers that run on Windows Server 2003, especially ports of BIND, a popular implementation of the DNS specifications. However, if you need a book on BIND, we suggest this book's sister edition, DNS and BIND by Paul Albitz and Cricket Liu (O'Reilly). This book is essentially a Windows Server 2003 edition of DNS and BIND.

We use nslookup, a name server utility program, a great deal in our examples. The version of nslookup we use is the one shipped with Windows Server 2003. Other versions of nslookup provide similar functionality to that in the Windows nslookup. We have tried to use commands common to most nslookups in our examples; when this was not possible, we tried to note it.