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How do I migrate DNS information to a Windows 2003 server?

I have backed up my existing NT4 DNS files and folder (c:winntsystem32dns) to a CD. Recently, I managed to configure a Windows 2003 DNS server. I tried to copy my previous NT4 DNS data into the new 2003 DNS server folder at 'c:winntsystem32DNS', but I noticed all my previous DNS names couldn't be resolved and it is not possible to copy in such a manner. Am I following the correct migration procedure?

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Your best bet is to use the DNSCMD command-line utility to migrate your DNS information. Here is a useful tutorial from that should help you out.

This was first published in October 2006

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