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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".

  • 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
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    It's definitely better, otherwise the file could be locked. – Massimo Sep 1 '13 at 21:26
  • @Massimo i want to change my website webserver.can i just copy file in c:\Windows\System32\dns to new server ?? – AminM Apr 20 '15 at 13:41
  • @JesonPark, what do you mean? And what exactly is a DNS server doing on a web server?!? – Massimo Apr 20 '15 at 15:37
  • @Massimo i have server with 1.1.1.1 ip .i bind my .com domain to server .now i want change my server .new server have ip 2.2.2.2 .can i copy dns config from okd server to new?? – AminM Apr 20 '15 at 16:00
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You can't export the zone via GUI, but you can do it via command line:

dnscmd /zoneexport MYDOMAIN.com MYDOMAIN.com.txt

By default the file MYDOMAIN.com.txt will be created in C:\Windows\System32\dns.

Source: dnscmd.

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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.

EDIT:

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:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772069.aspx

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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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For anyone lucky enough to still be dealing with Windows 2003.Who dislike cmd scripting. Windows 2003 DNS saves files as plain text in the c:\System32\dns\ folder. These files are plain text and can be edited changed or imported into your new linux Name Server.

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