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Enable 3 of my 6 DCs to a copy fo a DNS integrated zone

Posted on 2013-05-22
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Hi all,
Studying for my 70-640 exam and have a question about DNS.
I have created a application partition on DC1 "create nc=dnstest,dc=contoso,dc=com server1.contoso.com

Then i created a new DNS zone in the partion "dnscmd server1.contoso.com /zoneadd testdns.contoso.com /DsPrimary /DP dnstest.contoso.com

Here's my question. How do i get 2 of my other 5 DCs all in same domain to participate in the new zone? Please no URL links if possible but if someone could just supply me with the systax that i must run of the other 2 DCs i'd really appreciate it.
Thanks
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by:luconsta
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Hi,

As long as the DNS zone is an "active directory integrated zone" you don't have to do any suplementary action to replicate it because:
Any domain controller in the domain running the DNS server service can write updates to the Active Directory–integrated zones for the domain name for which they are authoritative. A separate DNS zone transfer topology is not needed
Fore more informmation see article: Active Directory-Integrated Zones.

Basically, as long as you have DNS role installed on the other DC's, that DC's will have that DNS zone.
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by:Jason Thomas
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No but I vae 5 domain controllers and only want to replicate the zone or the application partition to another 2 DCs. So although it is intergrated i don't want it replicated to all DCS.

Anyone any ideas?
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by:Jason Thomas
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Just to clarify, I have created a seperate application partition and created a DNS zone in teh partition. I now need to knwo how to deploy this "custom" partition to only 2 of my Domain controllers in the domain?
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Hi again,

Sorry for the delay as for the "missing" part with "custom application partition".
The replica will be add also with the tool you created the custom partition: ntdsutil.
The command that you should use is:
add nc replica ApplicationDirectoryPartition DomainController

The value NULL can be used for the DomainController parameter of the add nc replica and remove nc replica commands if you are adding or removing the application directory partition replica on the domain controller to which you are currently connected
More details on: Add or remove an application directory partition replica

In your case the command to replicate the custom dnstest partition on server2 (if is it a DC), should be something like this:

add nc replica dnstest,dc=contoso,dc=com server2.contoso.com
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by:Jason Thomas
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Many thanks my friend.
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