Transfer DNS data to the Management Server

Follow these steps to transfer DNS data to the Management Server by creating secondary forward and reverse lookup zones for your domain.

To create secondary forward and reverse zones

  1. Log on to the Management Server as domain administrator.

  2. To open the DNS console, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

    At this point, it is expected that you have no forward or reverse zones running on the Management Server. If you see a forward zone for your domain, check that your zone is not already integrated by reviewing Migration Requirements earlier in this document.

  3. In the left pane, right-click Forward Lookup Zones, and then select New Zone. The New Zone Wizard appears. Click Next.

  4. On the Zone Type page, click Secondary zone, and then click Next.

  5. On the Zone Name page, type the name of your domain. This must match what you typed when the Management Server Installation Wizard asked you what domain to join. (In this example, we assume that during the Management Server installation you joined Windows EBS to the domain So you would type, and then click Next.


    If you are unsure of your domain name, open a Command Prompt window and type ipconfig /all. In the command output, under Windows IP Configuration, look for Primary Dns suffix. This is the same as your domain name.

  6. On the Master DNS Servers page, type the IP address of your existing primary DNS server (the computer that you used in Prepare your existing DNS server), and then press ENTER. The wizard should confirm that there are no issues with the IP address that you entered. Click Next.


    If you are unsure of the IP address to enter, open a Command Prompt window and type ipconfig /all. Under the section for the device that connects to your organization’s network, look for DNS Servers.

  7. On the Summary page, click Finish.

  8. Wait a few minutes and then refresh the view of the forward zone—it should have copied the records from your existing DNS server.

    • If no records appear, right-click the newly created zone, and then click Reload from master.

    • If the records still do not appear after five minutes: Open Event Viewer (click Start, click Run, and type eventvwr). Expand Custom Views, expand Server Roles, and then click DNS Server. Troubleshoot errors that you see.

  9. Repeat steps 3 through 8 to create each Reverse Lookup Zone that you modified on your existing DNS server in Prepare your existing DNS server. If you did not have a reverse zone, skip this step.

    1. On the Reverse Lookup Zone Name page of the New Zone Wizard, choose the option IPv4 Reverse Lookup Zone, and then click Next.

    2. Click the option Network ID, and type the name or ID of your existing reverse zone minus the .x. For instance, if you had an existing reverse subnet named 192.168.0.x Subnet, then type 192.168.0 for the network ID. If you had an existing reverse subnet named 10.x.x.x Subnet, then type 10 for the network ID. Note that you do not type zeros after 10 (spaces are intentionally left blank).