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I am in the process of transferring my domain onto a new Windows 2003 server, currently the domain controller is a Windows 2000 advanced server.

I have already run 'forestprep' & 'domainprep' on the Win2k advanced server.
Also added the Windows 2003 server as a member server.
Added DNS on the Windows 2003 server.

My query is ... should i configure the 'Forward lookup zone' on the windows 2003 server or just leave it blank?

After i do this .... i will run the FSMO role transfer from Win2k server to Windows 2003.

Please advise about DNS configuration if anything is required.
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If I'm understanding you, you're trying to configure a DNS server on a 2K3 server that you intend to promote to domain controller status, yes?

If your DNS zone on the 2K server is AD-integrated, you don't need to take any actions to transfer the zone - it will automatically replicate to the 2K3 server after you run dcpromo on it.

If you are using standard primary and secondary zones, you'll need to manually configure a secondary zone on the 2K3 server and then change its designation to primary when you're ready to either retire the 2K server or change its zone to a secondary zone.

Be sure you've followed the steps listed in this KB before introducing the first 2K3 DC in your environment: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325379

Hope this helps.

Laura E. Hunter - Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Networking
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by:Fadal
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Laura,

Yes, I'm trying to configure a DNS server on a 2K3 server that i intend to promote to domain controller status.

How do i check if DNS zone on the 2K server is AD-integrated,?

Regards,
Pete
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Right-click on the zone and select Properties. The General tab will tell you whether it is a standard zone or whether it is AD-integrated.
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by:Fadal
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Laura,

The forward looking zone for my domain shows 'Active directory integrated' on the general tab.

So nothing to do for DNS on the Win2k3 server ... right?

And then i run DCpromo on the Win2k3 server & add it as a secondary server before i transfer the FSMO roles?

Please advise any other steps required.

Regards,
Pete
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If your DNS zones are AD-integrated, DNS data will automatically replicate to the new DC when you run dcpromo, having followed the preparatory steps listed in the KB article I gave you earlier.  

You will add the 2K3 server as an additional domain controller in an existing domain - Active Directory doesn't have a notion of primary or secondary DCs.

Once the new DC is in place, you will need to update your client workstations with the IP address of the 2K3 server so that they can use it for DNS name resolution.
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Thanks Laura
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