Is there a way to force replicate a specific DNS zone from one DC to another?

Mark London 21 Reputation points

I had a AD server that was not talking to the primary DC. I had reset the kerberos password to fix it. But then it was past the Tombstone lifetime, and still didn't work.

So I followed instructions to delete lingering objects, and replicated it, and brought it back online. That broken DC now almost looks ok. But there is a DNS problem.

While the DNS zone that the DCs were in, properly replicated, other zones didn't. and are empty. Is there a way to force replicate a specific zone?

We had other local zones, using 172.x.x.x addresses, with .local domain names. Those did not replicate.

I can add new entries on either DC in those zones, and those entries will show up on the other DC. But I need to bring over the previously added entries.

Is there a way to force replication a specific DNS zone? Thanks. - Mark

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  1. Anonymous

    Metadata cleanup isn't necessary unless the demotion doesn't work for some reason. Either case it is a very simple process to do cleanup.

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  1. Anonymous

    then it was past the Tombstone lifetime

    The simplest solution is to demote this one, reboot, promo it again.

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  2. Vicky Wang 2,646 Reputation points


    I am glad to hear that your issue was successfully resolved\I am pleased to know that the information is helpful to you. If there is anything else we can do for you, please feel free to post in the forum.

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