|Data type||Range||Default value|
|REG_SZ||DNS suffix||(The local primary DNS suffix)|
Specifies the primary Domain Name System (DNS) suffix for the computers. The primary DNS suffix is used in DNS name registration and DNS name resolution.
This entry stores the value typed in the Primary DNS suffix of this computer box on the DNS Suffix and NetBIOS Computer Name dialog box in System in Control Panel after you restart the system. Before the system is restarted, the value in the Primary DNS suffix of this computer box is stored in the value of the NV Domain entry.
By default, the value of this entry is set to the DNS name of Active Directory domain to which the computer is joined.
To change the value of this entry, click System in Control Panel, click the Network Identification tab, click Properties, click More, and then enter a suffix in the Primary DNS suffix of this computer box. The user setting is stored in the value of NV Domain and it is copied to Domain when you restart Windows 2000.
This entry can be superceded by a policy included in Windows 2000. While the Primary DNS Suffix Group Policy is enabled, the system ignores this entry. The Primary DNS Suffix policy setting is stored in the value of NV PrimaryDnsSuffix and PrimaryDnsSuffix.
The Primary DNS Suffix Group Policy does not disable or change the appearance of the Primary DNS suffix of this computer dialog box, but the system does not read the value entered in that box and stored in this entry. The system reads this entry when the Primary DNS Suffix Group Policy is disabled or not configured, that is, when the PrimaryDnsSuffix entry does not appear in the registry.
For information about Group Policies, see the Group Policy Reference, Gp.chm, on the Windows 2000 Resource Kit CD.