Migrate a Windows 2003 DNS Server to AD Integrated

Posted on 2011-04-28
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My DNS Servers are windows 2003 enterprise SP2.  They are stand alone and not currently integrated with active directory.  The active directory sits on the same server as the DNS server.   How do I migrate the DNS to active directory integrated?
Question by:deklinm

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hunart earned 668 total points
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You can transfer the zones to the AD.  Here is a very good article on how to do it http://www.techrepublic.com/article/step-by-step-how-to-migrate-dns-information-to-windows-server-2003/5084484.

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by:Glen Knight
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If the servers are DNS and DC's right click the zone in the DNS console, select properties.  Put a check in the box for AD integrated.
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by:Chris Dent
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Not even as hard as that.

If the servers are Domain Controllers all you need do is...

1. Delete the Secondary zone from "the other" DNS server if you have one
2. Open the properties for the existing Primary Zone
3. Select Change next to Type and tick Store in Active Directory
4. Make sure it replicates back to the other Domain Controller (automatic, no action required)

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by:Chris Dent
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Or what demazter said, he was quicker :)

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by:Justin Owens
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As always, short brief, concise, and entirely accurate.


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will i lose any of the A records i created?  or anything else in the transfer
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by:Chris Dent
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No, no matter how you do it there's no reason to lose data.


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