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Windows DNS -- Store the zone in Active Directory

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have a Windows network with all DNS servers running on Windows Server 2009 Domain Controllers.

When creating new DNS zones, it gives you the option to "Store the zone in Active Directory (available only if the DNS server is a domain controller)".

I am wondering what are the benefits of this?  Does it use Active Directory replication to synchronize between DNS servers?  Does it synchchronize faster?  

Does anyone have any white papers on the benefits of using this option?  I am having a hard time finding anything on the 'net, but it may just be that I'm overlooking it.  A new set of eyes never hurts ;o)

Thanks in advance,
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Active Directory-integrated zone: An Active Directory-integrated zone is a zone that stores its zone data in Active Directory. DNS zone files are not needed. This type of zone is an authoritative primary zone. Zone data of an Active Directory-integrated zone is replicated during the Active Directory replication process. Active Directory-integrated zones also enjoy the security features of Active Directory.

Theres more advantages to an AD stored DNS on that site that lists advantages, by the way.


Is "AD Integrated" the same as "Store the zone in Active Directory?"

I was under the impression that these were different things?
Same thing.

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