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Setting Up Secondary Windows DNS Server

I am attempting to setup a secondary DNS server.

This 2nd DNS server, is also our 2nd active directory server.

I would like this DNS to be the "backup" or secondary DNS.

When i configured it, i told the DNS that the zone is maintained by another machine (specified the primary DNS server)

I then on the primary machine allowed secure zone transfers to the 2nd machine.

Is that correct?

Anything im missing?

This 2nd DNS server will be at our satellite office, and is being placed there to speed up DNS requests at that branch office, so the request do not have to be sent back to the central office.
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KCTSCommented:
Assuming that you are using AD Integtated DNS (the default), then all you have to to is to install DNS on the other domain controller. DNS will then replicate automatically. There is no need (indeed to would be inefficient) to add it as a secondary DNS server.

If you add DNS to a DC in the manner described then both are effectivly primary DNS servers and DNS replication is done via active directory replication, there is no need to configure zone transfers and both DNS servers are fully updateable
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HADDADD3Author Commented:
I added the 2nd domain controller to the AD using DCPROMO before i installed DNS server.

When installed DNS after, and when into it, there were no forward lookup zones created...

I was able to set it as a secondary zone, and gave it authority and replicated from the primary domain controller.

Should i just leave it as is?

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KCTSCommented:
Is the first DNS server on a Domain contoller - if not why not - Active Directory Integrated DNS is far more efficient and secure than "traditional" DNS servers.
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Henrik JohanssonSystems engineerCommented:
AD-integrated DNS-zones as KCTS mentions gives better replication and security than primary/secondary zone file management.
If primary DNS server is a DC, use DNS zone properties -> change type button and select the checkbox 'Store the zone in Active Directory'.
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ivan_mxCommented:
If both are Domain controllers, I'll go for AD-Integrated. Otherwise, I think is fine what you did, can you send more details...?
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mastinsonCommented:
Simply add dns to the server roles and configure the forward and reverse zones and you will have a active secondary dns server.
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HADDADD3Author Commented:
henjoh09:
AD-integrated DNS-zones as KCTS mentions gives better replication and security than primary/secondary zone file management.
If primary DNS server is a DC, use DNS zone properties -> change type button and select the checkbox 'Store the zone in Active Directory'.

The primary DC is also a DNS, and does have "store the zone in active directory" checked.

However, it did not automatically replicate to the 2nd DNS server.

Should it have? Is there a way to force it? Should I demote the server and then re-promote it with DNS installed?
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Henrik JohanssonSystems engineerCommented:
As it's AD-integrated, you get an additional button in the zone properties for configuring replication. How is it configured? Is both DCs 2003?
Is there replication links between DCs in both directions when using AD Sites and Services, and is replication working for other objects like users etc?


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