Solved

DNS

Posted on 2009-04-07
4
264 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have to rebuild a file server from the ground up.  This server also functions as our DNS server.  Is there anything I need to get out of there so that I can restore DNS as soon as Windows is reloaded.  IE...zones, etc....

Can you please be specific on how to get the info that I may need out...
0
Comment
Question by:PC4N6
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 71

Expert Comment

by:Chris Dent
ID: 24094684

Presumably nothing to do with Active Directory?

Is the old server still running? Will old and new be running in parallel?

DNS configuration is stored in the Registry, and Zone Files as files in %SystemRoot%\System32\DNS. Depending on your situation you could export the registry settings and grab the files, or we can script a copy of the zones. Just depends how it's going to work.

Chris
0
 

Author Comment

by:PC4N6
ID: 24098384
Well the server that I am rebuilding is a DC, file server, print server, DHCP and DNS.  There is another DC that I will not be working on and was thinking that the AD would rebuild through replication.  Please let me know what your thoughts are on this.  I am just finishing up with the robocopy on the shares.  After that my plan is to blow out the array and rebuild from the OS up.  Any suggestions on easing the pain here would be great!
0
 
LVL 71

Accepted Solution

by:
Chris Dent earned 500 total points
ID: 24105120

DNS will be fine after AD replication as well (if all are AD Integrated Zones).

DHCP can be moved if you're in the mood to do so, the following KB article describes how:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325473

Robocopy is the best I'd be able to suggest for copying across the files. Are there a large number of shares? If there are they can be created with a script rather than manually.

The Printer Migration Tool should be able to shift your printers across, of course if there are only a small number it may just be quicker / easier to do that manually.

Remember to make your additional DC into a Global Catalog (through AD Sites and Services) if it isn't already. And if the server you're rebuilding is the first in the domain, you'll need to Transfer the FSMO roles over as well. Ideally, run DCPromo on the current server to demote it prior to its rebuild.

Chris
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:PC4N6
ID: 31567721
Thanks...all went well.
0

Featured Post

Are You Headed to Black Hat USA 2017?

Getting ready for Black Hat next week? Kick things off with the WatchGuard Badge Challenge and test your puzzle and cipher skills. Do you have what it takes to earn our limited edition Firebox Badge? Get started today - https://crimsonthorn.net

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I wrote this article to explain some important DNS concepts that should be known to avoid some typical configuration errors I often see in forums. I assume that what is described here is the typical behavior of Microsoft DNS client. I don't know …
Occasionally you run into the website or two that will not resolve properly using your own DNS servers.  Some people simply set up global forwarders for their DNS server.  I don’t recommend doing this because it can cause problems resolving addresse…
There's a multitude of different network monitoring solutions out there, and you're probably wondering what makes NetCrunch so special. It's completely agentless, but does let you create an agent, if you desire. It offers powerful scalability …
Sometimes it takes a new vantage point, apart from our everyday security practices, to truly see our Active Directory (AD) vulnerabilities. We get used to implementing the same techniques and checking the same areas for a breach. This pattern can re…
Suggested Courses

622 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question