Moving DNS onto another box


G

Guest

Hi,

We have DNS running on three servers.
1. One server(server1) is hosting external DNS queries (which is
secondaried by another company)

2. Two other servers are used for internal DNS queries. (AD Integrated)

I would like to confirm if server1 is a standard primary DNS. Is this done
by checking if AD Users and Computers is available under administration tools?
My understanding is if AD users and computers is not shown, then it is a
standard primary.

There are plans to move the DNS from server1 to another server. Do you have
any articles explaining how to move DNS. I have copied winnt\system32\dns

many thanks, PL
 
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Kevin D. Goodknecht Sr. [MVP]

PL Microsoft Query said:
Hi,

We have DNS running on three servers.
1. One server(server1) is hosting external DNS queries (which is
secondaried by another company)

2. Two other servers are used for internal DNS queries. (AD
Integrated)

I would like to confirm if server1 is a standard primary DNS. Is this
done
by checking if AD Users and Computers is available under
administration tools? My understanding is if AD users and computers
is not shown, then it is a standard primary.

AD Users & Computers is an Administrative tool that is available if the
remote administration pack (adminpak.msi) is installed it does not have to
be on a DC, it can be installed on the member server or workstation.
To tell if the zone is AD integrated right click on the zone and choose
properties. On the General Tab it will show the zone type and button to
change it. Just to add, AD integrated zones are only available on DCs, if
the zone is on a member sever then it is not AD integrated.
Also, if your AD domain is the same name as any of the zones on the public
DNS server, you won't be able to move the zone to a DC. Internal DNS servers
must host data for internal clients that give the private address for local
resources.

I would suggest you leave the public DNS on a separate machine that is not a
DC or even a domain member, although domain members are generally accepted.
I would never suggest you use a DC for hosting public resources, unless you
have no other choice and you know exactly what you are doing.
 
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G

Guest

Thank you, PL

Kevin D. Goodknecht Sr. said:
AD Users & Computers is an Administrative tool that is available if the
remote administration pack (adminpak.msi) is installed it does not have to
be on a DC, it can be installed on the member server or workstation.
To tell if the zone is AD integrated right click on the zone and choose
properties. On the General Tab it will show the zone type and button to
change it. Just to add, AD integrated zones are only available on DCs, if
the zone is on a member sever then it is not AD integrated.
Also, if your AD domain is the same name as any of the zones on the public
DNS server, you won't be able to move the zone to a DC. Internal DNS servers
must host data for internal clients that give the private address for local
resources.

I would suggest you leave the public DNS on a separate machine that is not a
DC or even a domain member, although domain members are generally accepted.
I would never suggest you use a DC for hosting public resources, unless you
have no other choice and you know exactly what you are doing.
 

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