Moving DNS Zone files to another dedicated server

To move DNS zone files from one dedicated server to another, complete the following:


1. Stop the DNS Server service on both dedicated servers.

2. Manually copy from the source server the entire contents of C:\Windows\System32\DNS, including subfolders, and place it on the destination server.

3. On the source DNS server, start Registry Editor (Start › Run › regedit).

4. Locate and click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Zons

5. Export the Zones entry to a registry file (File › Export)

6. Locate and click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Zons.

7. Export the Zones entry to a registry file (File › Export)

8.. On the destination DNS server, double-click each registry file to import the Zones subkeys into the registry.

9. On the destination DNS server, start the DNS Server Service.

10. Verify that the SOA resource records on each zone contains the correct name for the primary server, and also that the NS resource records for the zone(s) are correct.

11. Update the A records with the IPs of the destination DNS server.

Please note: The following DNS server settings are not migrated with this move.

Interfaces
Forwarders
Advanced
Root Hints
Logging
Security

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