Export MIcrosoft DNS structure and records

Posted on 2009-05-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I've got about 100 DNS zones (mostly AD intergrated) and I need to export a list of the entie structure, including sub doimains and all hosts.
I've looked at various options with DNSCMD, but nothing seems to export everything.
Any thoughts?
Question by:undercover69
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Expert Comment

ID: 24385715

You will need to backup

From Registry
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DNS Server\Zones

If you dns records are stored on filesystem then this folder too..
From File system:

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by:Chris Dent
ID: 24385997

DNS Records aren't stored there if it's AD Integrated.

But DNSCMD does have a ZoneExport option that can be used.

Are you looking to get the zone files? Or a list of records in a non-DNS format?


Author Comment

ID: 24386048
I don't really mind what format it is in, it's only for audit purposes to get an idea of the overall DNS structure, it's not going to be used to as a backup, or an import anywhere else.
It is predominantly the AD integrated ones I am after, I can grab the zone files for the other ones.
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by:Chris Dent
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Then a tiny bit of VbScript will get them all for you :)

If it needs to run remotely you need to add the server name into each DNSCMD call. However, it'll create the export on the server in %SystemRoot%\System32\DNS whatever you do.


Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

arrOutput = Split(objShell.Exec("dnscmd /EnumZones /Primary /Ds").StdOut.ReadAll, vbCrlf)

For Each strLine in arrOutput

  If Instr(strLine, "Primary") > 0 Then

    strZoneName = Split(strLine, " ")(1)

    WScript.Echo objShell.Exec("dnscmd /ZoneExport " & strZoneName & " Export-" & strZoneName & ".dns").StdOut.ReadAll

  End If


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Author Comment

ID: 24410534
Hi chris,

Sorry for the delay in replying, and thanks for the code.

it works fine, execpt that it doesn't seem to export the sub-domians?

Thanks again for your time.
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Chris Dent earned 250 total points
ID: 24410694

Really? Sub-domains as separate zones? Delegated or local?

If you run this on its own does it return the zone name you're after?

dnscmd /EnumZones /Primary /Ds


Author Comment

ID: 24410891
ah, please ignore me, I was doing something daft that I am not prepared to admit to here:-)

Thanks Chris, perfect mate, points coming your way.
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by:Chris Dent
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No worries :)


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