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DNS - Update data files on the server

    Question

  • Staff,

     I wonder what the real function option
     "Update data files on the server"
     In a DNS server.

     I'm studying for exams, and not thought much about this function.

     thank you


    MCP

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:58 PM

Answers

  • That is correct.

    Whether AD integrated or Standard zones, this command forces an update to the record file, no matter where it;s stored, whether in AD or a text file.

    With a Standard zone, you can verify the file has all the records you are seeing in the console by simply opening up the zone file in system32\dns. With AD integrated zones, use ADSI Edit.

    And note, we normally do NOT use this command. I haven't needed to use it in over 10 years. When I did need to use it, it was only when I was altering records in the console, reloaded the console, then changed a record in the console, then updated the file, then opened the file. It was only when I was manipulating numerous records when I was hostting DNS for customers (I  was hosting over 50 zones).

    Otherwise, there really is no need to use it unless one were to be troubleshooting DNS and why data in the console may not be AUTOMATICALLY updating the zone files in a Standard Primary zone scenario.

    If AD integrated, then there's a problem with AD if not updating, meaning you don't see it updated automatically on another DC, which usually would be an AD replication problem or duplicate zone problem.

    .

    Here's more info on troubleshooting:

    Troubleshooting DNS
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726934.aspx


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    • Marked as answer by Daniel_Lima Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:07 AM
    Friday, August 17, 2012 6:58 PM

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  • It's for text based standard zone files to update the zone file when you make a change in the console.

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    Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:17 PM
  • Ace

    Thanks for the reply, I still have a doubt.


      Thanks for the reply, I still have a doubt.

      Could you give me an example please?

      Well, I thought this function would be to update the data in the DNS server when the client expires DHCPquando concessions

    • Edited by Daniel_Lima Friday, August 17, 2012 11:16 AM err
    Friday, August 17, 2012 11:10 AM
  • I don't know what you mean by "... update the datain the DNS serverwhentheclientexpiresDHCPquandoconcessions."

    Take for example, you create a new record under the zone, say daniel  A   1.2.3.4. Then you want it to update the text file immediately, then simply choose to Update Data File to update the text file right way.

    This command has nothing to do with DHCP.

    .


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    Friday, August 17, 2012 3:34 PM
  • When you say:

    "Update the text file" are for areas, which are not integrated with Active Directory?

    MCP

    Friday, August 17, 2012 5:32 PM
  • That is correct.

    Whether AD integrated or Standard zones, this command forces an update to the record file, no matter where it;s stored, whether in AD or a text file.

    With a Standard zone, you can verify the file has all the records you are seeing in the console by simply opening up the zone file in system32\dns. With AD integrated zones, use ADSI Edit.

    And note, we normally do NOT use this command. I haven't needed to use it in over 10 years. When I did need to use it, it was only when I was altering records in the console, reloaded the console, then changed a record in the console, then updated the file, then opened the file. It was only when I was manipulating numerous records when I was hostting DNS for customers (I  was hosting over 50 zones).

    Otherwise, there really is no need to use it unless one were to be troubleshooting DNS and why data in the console may not be AUTOMATICALLY updating the zone files in a Standard Primary zone scenario.

    If AD integrated, then there's a problem with AD if not updating, meaning you don't see it updated automatically on another DC, which usually would be an AD replication problem or duplicate zone problem.

    .

    Here's more info on troubleshooting:

    Troubleshooting DNS
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726934.aspx


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    Microsoft Certified Trainer
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
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    • Marked as answer by Daniel_Lima Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:07 AM
    Friday, August 17, 2012 6:58 PM
  • Thanks for the answers

    I'm from Brazil and always put my questions here.

    Is there a way to learn from you?

    MCP

    Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:06 AM
  • I'm not sure how I can help you. Have you taken any classes? If not, my suggestion is to sign up for classes. There are many Microsoft CPLS locations that offer quality Microsoft MOC (MIcrosoft Official Curriculum) training. This is the US Microsoft training site link. Just click on it, and change the location in the upper right to your location to find training centers:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/default.aspx

    .


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    Saturday, August 18, 2012 1:29 AM