Converting a Zone to an AD-Integrated Zone

Posted: March 27, 2010 in Active Directory, Server, System Information


You want to convert a standard primary zone to an AD-integrated zone. This causes the contents of the zone to be stored and replicated in Active Directory instead of in a text file on the local server.


Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the DNS Management snap-in.
  2. Right-click on DNS in the left pane and select “Connect to DNS Server.”
  3. Enter the server you want to connect to and click Enter.
  4. If you want to convert a forward zone, expand the Forward Lookup Zone folder. If you want to convert a reverse zone, expand the Reverse Lookup Zone folder.
  5. Right-click on the zone you want to convert and select Properties.
  6. Beside Type, click the Change button.
  7. Check the box beside “Store the zone in Active Directory.”
  8. Click OK twice.

Using a command-line interface

> dnscmd <ServerName> /zoneresettype <ZoneName> /DsPrimary

Using VBScript

‘ This code converts a zone to AD-integrated.


strZone = “<ZoneName>”     ‘ e.g.

strServer = “<ServerName>” ‘ e.g.


set objDNS = GetObject(“winMgmts:\\” & strServer & “\root\MicrosoftDNS”)

set objDNSServer = objDNS.Get(“MicrosoftDNS_Server.Name=””.”””)

set objDNSZone = objDNS.Get(“MicrosoftDNS_Zone.ContainerName=””” & _

strZone & “””,DnsServerName=””” & _

objDNSServer.Name & “””,Name=””” & strZone & “”””)

strNull = objDNSZone.ChangeZoneType(0, True)


WScript.Echo “Converted ” & strZone & ” to



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