Can we change the secondary zone to primary and if yes how to do it and what will be the impact?

Sandesh Dubey
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I have a two dc with name dc1 and dc2.FSMO role holder is DC1 and has Primary dns zone.DC2 is ADC and has secondary dns zone.DC1 is down due hardware failure and we need to reload the OS as well.I have no backup of primary DC1.

I Can make the DC2 as FSMO role holder by siezeing the role but I want to change the seconadry zone to primary zone.

Can we change the secondary zone to primary and if yes how to do it and what will be the impact?
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Changing the zone type will affect zone transfers mostly
Stepts to change the zone type here
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773032(WS.10).aspx
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I have changed the Secondary zone to primary zone but ForestDNSZones and DomainDNSZones are missing from the DNS console?How recreate it?
Run the followign to recreate them

dnscmd DNSSERVER1 /CreateBuiltinDirectoryPartitions DomainDNSZones.yourdomain.com
dnscmd DNSSERVER1 /CreateBuiltinDirectoryPartitions ForestDNSZones.yourdomain.com
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Sandesh DubeyTechnical Lead
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Run the following cmd
dnscmd DNSSERVER1 /CreateBuiltinDirectoryPartitions DomainDNSZones.yourdomain.com
dnscmd DNSSERVER1 /CreateBuiltinDirectoryPartitions ForestDNSZones.yourdomain.com

but it says alredy exit.But we are not able to see the DomainDNSZones and ForestDNSZones in the DNS console.We also rebooted the DC multiple time but no luck.
You can do it through the GUI as well by tight clicking on the server name
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How can I create from the GUI as I am not able to see the option in the DNS console to create the ForestDNSZones and DomainDNSZones ?Will appreciapte if you can refer any link .
Choose Create Default Directory Partitions from the right click menu
 DNS Console
Also instructions in this Technet Link
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc739505(WS.10).aspx
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