Internet access on the Active Directory and Exchange Servers # Need Information


Hello Folks,

I would like to know whether we need internet on Active Directory with DNS and Exchange Servers.

As far as i understand we need to internet access on both the applications.

Please help me with more clarification.

thanks !!

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  1. Sunny Qi 10,716 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Thanks for posting in Q&A platform.

    For question if AD DC with DNS role needs to access to Internet, please kindly note that if you need the DNS server only to resolve and manage the internal domain name, then you do not need grant Internet access to it. If you need the DNS server to forward the domain name resolution to the public DNS server or handle DNS requests with root hint, then please grant Internet access to it.

    For more details please refer to the following article.

    Best practices for DNS client settings in Windows Server

    Please kindly note I'm a support engineer from Windows-DHCP-DNS team, and I'm not familiar with Exchange server. For questions related to Exchanger server, I would suggest to open a new thread only with office-exchange-server-administrator and office-exchange-server-mailflow tags so that so that you would get more professional support from Exchange server support engineers.

    Best Regards,


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