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Is it a good idea to use Domain Zone Transfer on your DNS server?

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I am new to setting up DNS servers for Windows. I have an AD server with DNS that provides DNS service for about 20 users in the office. I notice a tab on the propertiesi of the DNS server to allow for Zone transfers for domains that are not listed.

I am guessing I can forward all requests to random websites like and and such to an outside DNS server. What are the benefits of this, is it general practice to include zone transfers on your main Dns server. I would think you would have to have this setup for the DNS server to work, because it doesn't have the zones for example google in the DNS server, so I don't even know how it provides the IP for google when my end user connects to google by using the AD/DNS server to resolve the IP. I would assume the zone transfer has to be setup so the server gets the IP from a DNS server that actually has the values or entries for google or whatever domain name you are trying to access.

Any advice, guidance, info.

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