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Manually update server data files

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To manually update server data files

Using the Windows interface

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable DNS server.

    Where?

    • DNS/applicable DNS server

  3. On the Action menu, click Update Server Data Files.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open DNS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DNS.

  • For standard primary zones, this procedure causes the DNS server to immediately write its in-memory changes out to disk for storage with the zone file. Normally these changes are only written at predefined update intervals and when the DNS server is shut down.

  • For Active Directory-integrated zones, this procedure does not apply. To update Active Directory-integrated zones, see the command-line procedure below.

Using a command line

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type:

    Dnscmd  ServerName  /ZoneUpdateFromDs  ZoneName

 

Value Description

dnscmd

Specifies the name of the command-line tool.

ServerName

Required. Specifies the DNS host name of the DNS server. You can also type the IP address of the DNS server. To specify the DNS server on the local computer, you can also type a period (.).

/ZoneUpdateFromDs

Required. Updates the zone file with data from Active Directory.

ZoneName

Required. Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the zone you are updating.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • This procedure requires the Dnscmd Windows support tool. For information about installing Windows support tools, see Related Topics.

  • To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type:

    dnscmd/ZoneUpdateFromDs/help

  • The command-line procedure updates Active Directory-integrated zones only. For standard zones, see the Windows interface procedure above.

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Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

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Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

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Related Topics

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Manage Zones

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Configure Zone Properties

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Install Windows Support Tools

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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