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DNS Zones and Replication in Windows Server 2008

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The DNS namespace is subdivided into different DNS zones, which are hosted by a specific authoritative server or group of servers. Zones define the DNS namespace for authoritative servers that resolve client queries. This course explores DNS zone and replication in Windows Server 2008, including stub zones and their use in Microsoft DNS. It also discusses how Primary and Secondary servers of a DNS zone must perform zone transfers to ensure each server has an up-to-date DNS database. In addition, the course describes how Active Directory-integrated DNS zones store their data in the Active Directory application partition, and rely on the AD replication process to update the appropriate servers with zone data. This course is one in a series that covers the objectives for Microsoft exam 70-642 TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring. Passing this exam completes the requirements for the MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring certification, and counts as credit towards the following certifications: Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator, and the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator.

Target Audience
The audience for this path includes administrators who are rolling out and supporting Windows Server 2008 in the enterprise. The audience also includes individuals seeking certification on Microsoft’s new generation server platform.

As an exam prerequisite, any candidate should have a minimum of one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system in an environment that has the following characteristics: • 250 to 5,000 or more users • three or more physical locations • three or more domain controllers • network services and resources such as messaging, a database, file and print, a proxy server, a firewall, the Internet, an intranet, remote access, and client computer management • connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offices and individual users in remote locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet

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DNS Zones and Replication in Windows Server 2008

  • configure a DNS zone
  • distinguish between DNS zone types
  • create a DNS record
  • identify the DNS record types
  • set DNS aging and scavenging properties
  • use Nslookup to troubleshoot DNS
  • recognize the tools used to troubleshoot DNS
  • choose which type of DNS zone to create
  • configure a DNS record
  • create a secondary forward lookup zone
  • create a DNS stub zone
  • perform a DNS zone transfer
  • identify the features and functions of zone transfers
  • change replication scope
  • configure a zone transfer
  • configure a DNS stub zone
  • configure DNS replication scope
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