Adding Primary DNS Zones to AD DS

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We have a Win 2k3 AD DNS server.  We are trying to decommission this server.  I've setup a new Win 08 32bit AD and made it a DNS server as well.  

None of my zones on my old DNS server copied over except 1.  I noticed on the old DNS server the zones are either primary or secondary but none of the pimary  are stored in AD.  If enable  this feature will this have any effect?  Is there a prilimary step before I enable this feature I need to do in AD? I'm guessing if I enable these feature these zones will replicate to the new DNS server and I would just need to manually enter in the secondary zones?

Thanks for you help
Question by:ozzalot
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, if you set those zones to AD-integrated, they will replicate over to the new DC as part of AD replication (assuming AD replication is functional, of course).  The alternative would be to add the zones as secondary zones on the new DC and configure zone transfers.

    One thing that may be cause for concern, though: you mentioned that at least one of the zones on the old server is a secondary zone.  Is there another server on your network that hosts that zone as a primary?  You should have at least one primary (writable) copy of each zone somewhere in your environment.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for reply.  Sorry the delay. Sorry I've just been working on so many things at the same time.  Our network is part of a domain forest.  Those secondary zones have primary zones their respectable domains.

    Thanks DrDave
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    Assisted Solution

    OK, for the secondary zones, just create them as secondary zones on the new server and make the appropriate changes on the primary server(s) to include the new server in the zone-transfer list.

    Author Comment

    Thx for your help DrDave

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