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The Active Directory integrated DNS zone _msdcs.?????.LOCAL was not found

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I ran Best Practices at all three of our locations on the DNS role.  2 of the locations got the error "The Active Directory integrated DNS zone _msdcs.?????.LOCAL was not found".

We aren't have any DNS issues.  Should I be concerned?

I read one article on it, but I'm not comfortable trying to fix it myself.

Any advice?
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You mean to say you don't have _msdcs.domain.local AD integrated Zone in DNS ?
Has some body deleted that zone ?
If some body has deleted that zone, there is workaround for that

Please check \ expand your domain.local zone and find out do you have _msdcs delegation or _msdcs folder there..
If folder is there you will also find DC, Domain, GC, PDC and CNAME record for DCs as well with _msdcs folder and then you don't have to worry about any thing.

However, If only delegation is there as per below snapshot, then
_Msdcs DelegationAs shown in above screen shot, Just check your domain. Local zone, expand it and find one delegation called _msdcs
You need to simply delete this delegation entry and restart netlogon service on DC
This will create _msdcs folder under domain.local zone with all sub folders which is as good as _msdcs.domain.local and also replicate it to all domain controllers in domain.

_msdcs Folder
Now check if CNAME for DC is auto populated under _msdcs folder or not
if you don't find one, you can simply create one

Check below EE article on same topic
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Protocols/DNS/Q_28406354.html#a39982343

Mahesh.
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Thanks.  All is good.  Don't know why I'm getting the message.
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