Export DNS Zone File from Windows Server

We have public DNS for one domain hosted on a Windows DNS Server... We need to move to public DNS provider. Typically with any public hosted DNS such as GoDaddy, Rote 53, or DNS Made Easy when we transfer DNS from one provider to another we just export a zone file, and import the zone file to the new provider.

How do we export a zone file from Windows DNS? See below for example of a typical zone file I would expect to see from any public hosted DNS provider export. How do I get the same from Windows server?

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For Windows DNS server, there is only one way to export zone, use dnscmd command line built-in tool from elevated prompt

dnscmd DNSserverhostname /zoneexport "mydomain.com" "mydomain.dns"

Copy this file to another DNS server / hosting and import it
U may change extension to .txt if required
Export-DnsServerZone -Name "western.contoso.com" -FileName "exportedcontoso.com"

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Export dns zone in powershell
What windows version your Dns has?
Usable by windows 2012 r2 towards a 2008 r2 dc
Check the format of the exported data

ou can also use
dnscmd DNSSERVERNAME /ZoneExport orage.com dns.txt

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Note: above command doesn’t take alternative path for export file It just saves in c:\windows\system32\dns

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