Q. How can I change how DNS information is stored on a DNS server?

A. In Windows Server 2003, DNS information can be stored in the following ways:

  • in the usual zone file type storage
  • in the Active Directory (AD) domain partition
  • in a domain-specific application partition that's replicated only to DNS servers in the domain
  • in a forestwide application partition that's replicated only to DNS servers in the forest
  • in a custom application partition that an administrator manually creates
  • To change how DNS information is stored, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) DNS snap-in (Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, DNS).
  2. Expand the "Forward Lookup Zones" leaf.
  3. Right-click the zone whose storage you want to modify and select Properties.
  4. Select the General tab. You'll see a figure like the one at Figure.
  5. Click the Change button to the right of the Type: entry.
  6. The Change Zone Type dialog box is displayed. To store DNS information in an AD domain partition, select the "Primary zone" zone type. (You must select "Primary zone" to use any option other than file-type storage.) Select the "Store the zone in Active Directory (available only if the DNS server is a domain controller)" check box and click OK.
  7. If you've opted to store the data in AD, you can now change how it's replicated. To do so, click the Change button to the right of the Replication: entry on the zone properties General tab; the Change Zone Replication Scope dialog box will appear.
  8. You can choose to replicate the data to all DNS servers in the forest, to the domain, or to all DCs in the domain. After you select an option, click OK.
  9. Click OK on the zone properties General tab to accept the changes.
TAGS: Windows 8
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