Prepare your existing DNS server

The following procedure assumes that your existing DNS server is running a version of Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Advanced Server, or Windows Server 2008. If this is not the case, consult documentation to determine how to configure your DNS server to allow zone transfers to the Management Server.

Follow these steps to prepare your existing DNS server to allow zone transfers to the Windows EBS Management Server.

To configure your server to allow zone transfers

  1. On your existing DNS server, log on as domain administrator if the computer is domain-joined or as local administrator if it is not.

  2. To open the DNS console, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click DNS. (On Windows 2000 Server, click Start, point to Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.)

  3. In the left pane, expand Forward Lookup Zones, right-click the domain that you joined Windows EBS to, and then click Properties. (The domain that you joined Windows EBS to is the domain name that you typed into the Management Server Installation Wizard.)

  4. On the Start of Authority (SOA) tab, verify that the value in the Primary server field matches the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the server that you are using now (your primary DNS server).

    • If you see a different server name in this field, the DNS server you are using is not the primary DNS server for this zone. You must perform these steps on the primary DNS server, which is the server specified in this field.

    • If the value of this field is a relative name (for example, hostname), change it to an FQDN, for example, (the trailing dot is intentional).

  5. Click the Zone Transfers tab, and verify that Allow zone transfers is checked and Only to servers listed on the Name Servers tab is selected.

  6. Click the Name Servers tab, and then click Add. The New resource record dialog box appears.

  7. In the Server fully qualified domain name field (Server Name on Windows 2000 Server), type the FQDN of the Management Server, for example, Then click Resolve. You should see the IP address below. If you do not see it, make sure that this DNS server has a host (A) resource record for the Management Server. Click OK to close the dialog box. The name of the Management Server should now appear in the Name servers list.

  8. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

  9. Repeat steps 3 through 8 for Reverse Lookup Zones that correspond to the IP ranges that the computers on your Windows EBS domain could use. Reverse zones are not required if you do not have them, but note this absence because you will need this information later.


    If you are not sure which reverse zones to modify, it is safe to make this modification to all reverse zones.