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Hi,

I have a small LAN, my primary server (Windows 2003 & Exchange 2003) acts as the mail server and also DNS server, I would like to set up DNS  to replicate to/on another Server in the LAN (Windows 2000), both of the servers are DC's - can anyone provide me with a step-by-step for this ? Cheers.
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Are these servers part of the same domain?  Is the DNS server Active Directory integrated?  In which Case AD will replicate between the 2 servers anyway, taking most info with it.

See the below article, and check the key points.  That should have all the info you need.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/Windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/cnet/cncf_imp_naxg.asp
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Yes they are part of the same domain and the DNS server has AD. Cheers
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Do you know if DNS is configured as AD intergrated zones?  If so I don't believe you need to make any other changes.  
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Not sure, how can i find out ?
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Open DNS manager,

Go to the zone in question eg, expand your server name then expand forward lookup, and then right click on the relevant domain, and select properties. Under general it will tell you the type and will allow you to change if not AD integrated.

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Cheers mate - yes its AD integrated.
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In that case as far as I am aware when AD replicates between the 2 servers since DNS is integrated it will replicate with it.
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when i look at the DNS on the Win2000 server it says 'not configured' on the Win2003 DC under properties there's a tick box (ip pointer) for Zone transfering, if i use this will it replicate automatically ?
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You still need to configure the DNS on the win2000 if I remember correctly, although to be honest it's been a while since I looked at the technical side of AD integrated DNS, so can't be 100% sure.  Are some machines pointing to the 2000 to obtain DNS info?  

If so you will have to configure the 2000 as a DNS server.  I would do this anyway, I'm pretty sure it will still need to be configured, even if AD integrated.  Should be straight forward install the DNS server and activate it on your domain.

The tick box for Zone transferring can be ticked and pointed at the 2000 server.
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At the moment clients are pointing to the Win2003 server but my plan is to have the Win2000 server for DNS redundancy.

Thanks for everything so far.
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No problem, always glad to help.  As I said though, configure the 2000 server with DNS anyway, and you should be good.
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