DNS server issues

So, I we are migrating to a new physical server for the crimsonshift.com domain. After installing Windows 2003 server, and configuring all the patches and updates, it’s time to set up Active Directory. I installed DNS, but it would not transfer the zone data from our primary Domain Controller and DNS server. The new zones were created as “secondary” Forward Lookup Zones. I get this message instead:

The DNS server encountered a problem while attempting to load the zone. The transfer of zone data from the master server failed.Correct the problem then either press F5, or on the Action menu, click Refresh.For more information about troubleshooting DNS zone problems, see Help.

After a brief search on the internet solution has been found.

  1. On the primary DNS server, click Start, point to All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.
  2. In the console tree, double-click the DNS server.
  3. In the console tree, double-click Forward Lookup Zones or Reverse Lookup Zones, as applicable.
  4. Right-click the zone, click Properties, and then click the Zone Transfers tab.

If zone transfer fails with Event ID 6525 “Zone transfer for secondary zone <zone_name> refused by master server” and the master server allows dynamic updates for the zone, these failures are due to the zone transfer throttling mechanism, and they are expected. This mechanism limits the number of zone transfers to allow regular dynamic updates to take place.

On the ‘secondary’ DNS server, select the proper Forward Lookup Zone, and hit ‘Transfer’ to copy the zone data files from the ‘primary’ DNS server.

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