WINDOWS 2003 SERVER DNS BACKUP

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Hi experts,

i need the best approach to backup my DNS settings (have aprox. 15 domains) on Windows 2003 server.
I do not prefer to use the Active Directory Backup, instead only the DNS related stuff, so i can easy restore them in case of a DNS failure, server move etc.
Please explain how to backup and what the restore procedure will be

Your best advice is appriciated :-)
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Hi, follow the below steps;

Primary and secondary zones backup without AD:

Backing up primary and secondary zones is simple, because the zone information is stored within a text file. All you have to do is use the XCOPY command to backup the DNS folder. The command looks like this:

XCOPY %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\dns c:\backup\dns /y

This command tells Windows to copy everything found in the \Windows\System32\DNS folder to C:\backup\dns. The /Y switch at the end basically just tells the command to go ahead and do its thing without prompting you to make sure that it is OK.

Restoring the primary and secondary zone information is just as easy. You would simply copy the files from the \backup\DNS folder to the %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\dns folder.

Thanks,
Jay ..
Stop DNS Service before performing the above activities for safer side.

Thanks,
Jay ..

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Hi Jay, thank you.. it works fine.
But i am still wondering why my C:\WINDOWS\system32\dns  domain files are empty !?
I thought that i can just copy them and restore them later if needed.
So now.. i am using the backed up files and dump them into system32\dns ?

One of the backed up file look like the attached file
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upps. .. file
backup-my-dns.txt
No probs.. that's absolutely fine.. you can refer below link and clear all your queries;

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverNIS/thread/bd1c9d25-eb63-4140-b59f-0a50d1448359

Thanks,
Jay ..

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Thanks a lot! I don't know why Google was not helping :-) searched for days.

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