DNS primary zones

A Primary DNS zone is required for DNS name resolution and is both the authoritative for the zone and the primary point of contact for the zone.

A secondary zone are not authoritative and is a read only copy of the primary zone.

Zone data can be stored in Active Directory or in a zone files in %windir%/system32 /dns.  The files name is  zonename.dns

The zone can be either a Forward lookup (Name to IP address) or reverse lookup (IP address to name)

To create a primary forward lookup zone by powershell

Add-DnsServerPrimaryZone -Name ‘TailspinToys.com’ -ReplicationScope ‘Forest’ -DynamicUpdate ‘Secure’

-ReplicationScope  Forest, Domain

– ZoneFile   Specify name of the zone file


To create a reverse lookup zone

Add-DnsServerPrimaryZone -NetworkID -ReplicationScope ‘Forest’ -DynamicUpdate ‘Secure’

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