DNS goes offline

when attempting to add a secondary DNS the primary responds failure to write ns record "The zone does not exist" This is a windows 2008 R2 as is one of the secondary name servers. This started when I was attempting to setup and Exchange 2013 on a 2012 server. (might be unrelated). It started when name resolution stopped and when I checked the DNS server the domain had a red X. In an effort to correct it quickly I restarted  it. This seem to fix it as the red x went away and it started working. I then decided to add an additional secondary server. When I attempted to add it to the primary it responded with the zone does not exist. A short time later the secondary failed with zone not being transferred. In looking at the properties I see the security tab has no permissions showing or is unavailable.
don_bruessSystem AdministratorAsked:
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Does primary allow zone transfers to IP of secondary server?
Doesn't the event viewer throw errors?  I would expect event viewer to throw errors and the reason when the DNS goes down.
don_bruessSystem AdministratorAuthor Commented:
No the secondary does not zone transfer. Any changes to the primary returns the "zone does not exist".

The event viewer states "The DNS server received a zone transfer request from for a non-existent or non-authorized zone. The ip is the address of the secondary. I was trying to bring up the secondary then change it to primary so I could remove the problem current primary.
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I believe you are looking @ the event logs from the Secondary Server.
Look @ the Primary Server Event logs.  It should log some information when the DNS goes down.
don_bruessSystem AdministratorAuthor Commented:
No that log is from the primary. The secondary is the and it is making a request to the primary
don_bruessSystem AdministratorAuthor Commented:
The primary events log, logs the request of the secondary which in this case is the 67.141.1214.93 and states the request is for a non existent or non authoritative
don_bruessSystem AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Not sure if I have fixed it or not. Since it keep telling me the zone did not exist I attempted to set it up using the same name which it let me. I then made the duplicate name a secondary and the secondary the primary. I was able to get them to sync. Once they completed I removed the duplicate name which it said did not exist. Guess i will keep my fingers cross to see if everything goes south.

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don_bruessSystem AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I solution worked
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