i have been running DNS / DHCP on out netware network for awhile now and
recently ran into a seemingly unrelated issue. though i discovered a problem
with DNS that may be involved. our DHCP server using the code 6 option
domain server name. our dns servers listed are listed in order as follows:

192.168.0.4
192.168.0.6
192.168.1.11

all internal addresses of course. then there are the default external name
servers

when i do a nslookup on my PC for an external address i get the following
results

nslookup www.novell.com
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.4: Non-existent domain
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.6: Non-existent domain
*** Default servers are not available
Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.0.4

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: www.novell.com
Address: 130.57.4.27

when i do a nslookup on my PC for an external address i get the following
results

nslookup www.mydomain.com
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.4: Non-existent domain
*** Can't find server name for address 192.168.0.6: Non-existent domain
*** Default servers are not available
Server: UnKnown
Address: 192.168.0.4

Name: www.mydomain.com
Address: 192.168.0.6

i thought the whole idea of DNS was to host it local so the external name
servers are only queried by the internal name server. or am i missing the
point? i thought this was a way to hold down network traffic over the
internet connection.

thanks for any info.