Promote Secondary DNS to Primary

Discussion in 'DNS Server' started by KJacks, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. KJacks

    KJacks Guest

    Right now I have a Windows 2000 domain I am in the process of upgrading to
    Windows 2003 domain and I need to promote my secondary DNS server (which is
    Windows 2003) and demote my primary DNS server (which is Windows 2000).

    My question is how do I do that, or can I just dcpromo a Windows 2003 server
    to a domain controller and it will offer to become the new primary DNS server?

    I hope that makes sense, and I appreciate any help. Thanks.
    KJacks, Jul 5, 2007
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  2. KJacks

    Herb Martin Guest

    Just change the zone type in (each of) the DNS servers.
    No, this will not affect the DNS server zone type. Only effect on
    DNS is when you DCPromo the FIRST DC and it offers to also
    create the DNS Server and zone as needed.

    You really should have AT LEAST 2 DCs however.
    Herb Martin, Jul 6, 2007
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  3. KJacks

    KJacks Guest

    Thanks a bunch for the reply.

    I just checked out your website too, and I live close to Austin. Whats the
    accelerated mcse week course cost?
    When I went to look at this, both are loading their zone data from active
    directory. Does that mean that if I just change my dhcp dns settings to point
    to the newer, win2K DNS server it will take over and I can get rid of the
    older dns server? And I would change the DNS settings on static TCP/IP
    settings also.

    Also, I have 2 Win2K DCs and am wanting to update the domain to Win2k3.
    After the new DNS takes over, I should be able to dcpromo a Win2k3 server and
    update the domain right?

    Thanks for all the help.
    KJacks, Jul 6, 2007
  4. KJacks

    Herb Martin Guest

    $4000. If you like I will send you a full "info" message but it's best
    if you have me do that by sending me you email.

    Or just give me a call -- usually you will speak to me personally unless
    it is class week when students get almost all of my time.
    Yes*. Test it first by making sure that your newer DNS is working (just
    use NSLookup to get a good idea).

    Or you can run "DCDiag /c" to see if there are any FAIL or WARN messages.
    * Yes, this is required for those machines which don't get the DNS setting
    You should be able to do that now, or after -- but as a preliminary to that
    must "ADPrep /forestprep" and "ADPrep /domainprep" -- i.e., prep both the
    forest (one time) and each domain (once per domain before THAT domain can
    be upgraded.)

    You can UPGRADE a Win2000 DC to Win2003, or you can add a Win2003
    Server and DCPromo it.

    Give me a call or email if you wish. (My email is real here, or send it to
    [email protected])
    Herb Martin, Jul 6, 2007
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