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Backing Up a Primary DNS Server with PowerShell

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I'm attempting to backup a primary, non-Active Directory, DNS server with PowerShell. It's a Windows Server 2012 Standard server with all of the updates applied, and only the DNS role installed.  I found the code from this TechNet example.

#Get DNS Server configuration and store it in ServerConfig.xml 
Get-DnsServer | Export-Clixml -Path ServerConfig.xml 

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This part worked great, and spit everything out into an XML file. I ran through the file, and verified that all of the forward lookup zones, reverse lookup zones, and conditional forwarder zones were there.

I attempted to restore the XML configuration to another Windows Server 2012 Standard server with the DNS role installed using the restore command.

#Import the configuration from ServerConfig.xml and set it on TargetServer through CimSession 
Import-Clixml -Path ServerConfig.xml | Set-DnsServer –CimSession TargetServer

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The problem is only the conditional forwarder zones were restored. The forward lookup zones and reverse lookup zones didn't transfer.

Is there something I'm missing?
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by:Rob Stone
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It's stating that it is only backing up the server configuration, not the zone's.

This link has a PS script to backup the DNS zones:
http://c-nergy.be/blog/?p=1837

Restore DNS zones:
http://c-nergy.be/blog/?p=1858

If you just want to copy the zone's over, you can take a copy of the DNS file in %systemroot%\system32\dns and copy that to the other DNS server.
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I've tried that script on Server 2012, and didn't work.
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See example 1 from following article..
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj649845.aspx
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Same problem with that script. Only the conditional forwarders are created. Not the forward and reverse lookup zones.
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Are you getting ay warning or Error?
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This also works, although it's a bit cumbersome:

Exported a zone using the following cmdlet
Export-DnsServerZone -Name zonename.local -FileName ZonenameExport.local.dns

This exported the file to C:\Windows\System32\DNS.

I then copied the file to another DNS server, renamed it to Zonename.local.dns and ran the following command:
DNSCMD /ZoneAdd Zonename.local /Primary /File Zonename.local.dns /load

This then loaded the zone and records into DNS.
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