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By vivek328 ·
I have added windows 2003 server in a windows 2000 domain. windows 2000 has dns server, i want to move the dns server to windows 2003. I made windows 2003 secondary dns server, how do I make it a primary? Thanks.

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Dns Primary or secondary.

I have put some info for you here (copied from an advice website).

You can configure a DNS server in one of three possible roles. The role the server plays depends on the configuration of zone files and how they are maintained. The zone files contain configuration information for the zone as well as the resource records.


A zone file contains the resource records for a portion of the DNS namespace. Resource records map hostnames to IP addresses. Both of these topics are covered later in this chapter, in the section "Creating Resource Records."

The three possible DNS server configuration roles are as follows:

* Caching-only server
* Primary server
* Secondary server

Keep in mind when you are planning DNS server roles that a single DNS server can perform multiple roles. For example, a DNS server can be the primary server for one zone and at the same time be a secondary server for another DNS zone.
Caching-Only Server

All DNS servers maintain a cache.dns file that contains a list of all Internet root servers. Any time a DNS server resolves a hostname to an IP address, the information is added to the cache file. The next time a DNS client needs to resolve that hostname, the information can be retrieved from the cache instead of the Internet.

Caching-only servers do not contain any zone information, which is the main difference between them and primary and secondary DNS servers. The main purpose of a caching-only server (other than providing name resolution) is to build the cache file as names are resolved. They resolve hostnames, cache the information, and return the results to the client. Because these servers hold no zone information, either hostnames are resolved from the cache or else another DNS server is required to resolve them.

Caching-only servers are useful when you need to reduce network traffic. Again, because there is no zone information, no zone transfer traffic is generated (meaning that no information is replicated between DNS servers). Hostname traffic is also reduced as the cache file is built up because names can be resolved locally using the contents of the local DNS server's cache.
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