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How is DNS related to Active Directory and what are some common configurations that I should be aware of?

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http://serverfault.com – Please note that I do know the answer to this and have provided one below. I see a lot of newer systems administrators that don't understand the contents of my answer, so I hope that all of the beginner AD DNS questions will be closed as a duplicate of this. If you have a minor improvement, feel free to edit my answer. If you can provide a more comprehensive complete answer, feel free to leave one. How is DNS related to Active Directory and what are some common configurations that I should be aware of? (HowTos)