I need to move some domains to a different DNS server, and I'm wondering if there's any way to obtain a complete copy of the zone file without going though the current DNS provider?
I agree w/ David re: most servers not being configured to allow zone transfers. Having said that, you can try giving a zone transfer a shot.
Substitute in your nameserver's name and your domain name.
On Windows, you can use nslookup in interactive mode to do a zone transfer. From the nslookup prompt:
Again, substitute in your nameserver's name and your domain name.
Try all the nameservers-- sometimes I find that one of them will allow zone transfers.
You can list DNS servers using any DNS client nslookup, host, dig ... with dig run
If the DNS server allow the tranfert zone that is used generally for DNS database replication and backup, you can get the zone file using the dig utility like this:
If the DNS servers are configured to allow zone transfers to anywhere then you can read the whole zone file that way - but it is very unusual for servers to honour such requests unless they are from the providers other name servers or admin/monitoring machines.
protected by MadHatter Jun 20 '13 at 14:23
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