Export/Import DNS List to another server

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Active Directory
DNS config hosting
DNS management
Microsoft Windows
I am trying to shift my dedicated server from aplus.com to godaddy.com. On the dedicated server, we have so many domain websites running and lots of them are having subdomains also. Can you please guide me how to export all the DNS records from that existing dedicated server and import to the new server that is with godaddy.com. Something like we do with IIS to export and create XML file for websites and create websites on server by importing this configuration file. The IP is also changed, so is there a way I can update the IP addresses for all DNS records before I import them to new server.

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If your hosted server is a Windows server you can open the DNS Manager MMC and export the DNS information from there. You can also stop the DNS server and copy the physical zone file.

If you don’t have access to do this your self, contact your current provider and ask them for a backup copy of the zone file. Edit the zone file with the new IP Addresses (zone files are just text files) and then give it to go daddy for them to use on your new DNS servers.

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  • Wrobinson
    You can also simply stop the DNS service and copy the zone files of the %systemroot%system32dns folder on Windows based systems.
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  • Joe33067
    Probably an obvious question, but, once the export is created, how do you import the file? And while I am asking, is there a "method', aside from the manual one, to allow me to merge reverse lookup zones? If I have multiple class C reverse zones, and I want to collapse them into a single class A (this is my internal DNS server, not public facing), is there any facility, utilityy, or etc which will allow me to make this process happen, short of, making a list/export of every entry in the zone (reverse), deleting each record, and the recreating each record but having it be created under the class A reverse lookup. And while I am asking THAT - I want to ensure that the reverse records (the PTR) is linked to the forward lookup, so it the forward lookup is removed, the reverse lookup will be removed as well. Any ideas? Thx Joe (joseph.glim@jmfamily.com)
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  • Joe33067
    I figured out that an Active Directory zone will not allow you to import a file. You need to first remove the zone from AD integration, and then it will work.
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