This article describes how to convert a primary DNS server
to an Active Directory directory service Integrated Primary server, force
replication to another domain controller, and add the new domain controller as
a DNS server. back to the
You may want to add additional DNS servers so there is no
single point of failure. Instead of adding standard secondary DNS servers, you
can convert the server from a primary DNS server to an Active Directory
Integrated Primary server and configure another domain controller to be a DNS
server. With integrated primary servers, all the servers are primary servers,
so when a zone change is made at one server, it is replicated to the others,
eliminating the requirement for a zone transfer. back to the top
Convert Primary DNS Server to Active Directory Integrated Primary
- On the current DNS server, start DNS Manager.
- Right-click a DNS zone, click Properties,
click the General tab, and then note the Type
value. This will be Primary zone, Secondary
zone or Stub zone.
- Click Change.
- In the Change Zone Type box, click to
select the Store the zone in Active Directory (available only if DNS
server is a domain controller) check box. When you are prompted to
answer whether want this zone to become Active Directory integrated, click
Yes, and then click OK.
In the Domain
properties, the type now shows "Active Directory-Integrated".
When replication has completed to the domain controller that you
are adding as another Active Directory Integrated Primary server, you can then
install the DNS server service on that domain controller. The DNS zone
information is listed in the DNS Manager. You can add as many additional DNS
servers as you want.back to the
Cause Immediate Replication
If you want replication to occur immediately instead of waiting
for the typical replication cycle, follow these steps:
back to the
- In Administrative Tools, start
Active Directory Sites and Services.
- Expand Sites. There should be at least one
site labeled "default-first-site-name" (or others if they have been manually
- Expand default-first-site-name, expand
Servers, and then expand Computer.
- Expand NTDS Settings. One or more objects
are listed in the right pane. One of those objects is a link to the domain
controller you want. To see the "friendly" name, right-click an entry and view
the name. One of the objects points to the domain controller you want.
Right-click that entry, and then click Replicate Now. The
replication is performed immediately.
Note The time it takes to update the target controller depends on
Article ID: 816101 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 4.2
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
- Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003
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