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How do I integrate a non AD DNS server for replication with existing AD DNS servers?

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I've got my AD DNS working great amongst 3 DC's with DNS.
We have a remote network connected via VPN that has resources not joined to the domain.  I wanted to use a server there to resolve DNS names and get updates from our main AD DNS servers via some type of replication without joining it to the domain or making it a DC.

I've tried a few things but just can't figure it out.

Ideas?

Thanks,
David
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Toni Uranjek earned 500 total points
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Hi!

You sholud configure DNS server at remote office as a standard secondary server. Right-click on the Forward Lookup Zones node and select New Zone. Select create a secondary zone, and specify the address of a DNS server that's hosting a primary zone for your domain. Specify on of your existing DNS servers as master server and configure this server to allow zone transfers to secondary server.

If you need more information, let me know...

HTH

Toni
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Excellent,
one other question.  Do I need to add each zone manually and configure it secondary?

David
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For each primary (AD integrated) zone hosted on your DC/DNS server, you should create secondary zone. How many zones are we talking about? I was under impression that you are talking about single domain environment.
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Yes it is single domain just have different zones.
We do alot of web hosting so we have quite a few domain names we manage on our network for internal resolution purposes only.

David
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Sorry..not alot.... 5 at the moment.
David
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How does DNS server resolve other internet names? Is it configured to use forwaders? If you have to many different domains you should consider pointing DNS server at remote office at one of DC/DNS as forwader.
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Yes,
It uses the DC/DNS as forwarders so I think I'm good in that regard.
I have a forwarder setup to also point directly out the internet pipe at the remote location.  
So it peers inward and then out to get all names adequately resolved.
Just was trying to figure out to do my internal names.

David
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If you have good WAN link, then secondary zones are the best solution.
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