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I have a Windows 2008 R2 Server, Its primary role is to be a DNS server.

I cant find how to import the previously "exported" DNS entries.

To export I selected the server, clicked on Action->Export List.

This created a text file of the entries. How do you import these entries if something was to go wrong and I needed to restore the previous settings ?

If there is a way to do this via GUI that would be preferable to me.


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Is this a standard zone or an AD-integrated zone? –  Massimo Sep 1 '13 at 12:17
Standard, no AD on this server –  IEnumerable Sep 1 '13 at 12:17

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If this is a standard DNS zone, the easiest way to back it up and restore it is to simply make a copy of the related zone file; you can find it in C:\Windows\System32\DNS, it's named "your.zone.name.dns".

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Yes I found this online just recently, they also noted that they Stopped the server before copying. Is this important? –  IEnumerable Sep 1 '13 at 14:45
It's definitely better, otherwise the file could be locked. –  Massimo Sep 1 '13 at 21:26

That doesn't export the DNS records, it exports a list (txt or csv) of whatever is in the right pane. That's the same functionality as exists in any other tool, such as ADUC.


To clarify, you did not export the DNS records or the zone file. You simply exported a list of the DNS records, or more correctly, you exported a list of the contents of the right pane in the DNS management console. If you want to export the actual zone file then use the dnscmd tool:


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It appears you may have forgotten to answer the question? –  Ryan Ries Sep 1 '13 at 14:44

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