Importing Windows DNS data into Address Manager - BlueCat Address Manager - 8.2.0

Address Manager Administration Guide

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BlueCat Address Manager
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8.2.0

You must perform an import operation to bring Windows DNS data from a Windows server into Address Manager.

Note: You must be logged in to Address Manager as an Administrator before you can import data from Managed Windows servers.
Note: The following procedure is not used for importing from a BlueCat DNS/DHCP Server. For more information on importing from a BlueCat DNS/DHCP Server, refer to Importing DNS records.

Address Manager can import the following types of objects:

  • Zones
  • Resource Records
  • Server-level settings (including Recursion and Forwarding)
  • Zone-level settings (including Allow Zone Transfer, Notify and Dynamic Update)
  • Delegation
  • Conditional Forwarding

You need to complete several tasks in Address Manager before you can import DNS data:

  • Add a DDW server to Address Manager.
  • Add the Managed Windows server to Address Manager (In Read-Only mode).
  • Create IPv4 parent blocks and IPv4 networks for every host Resource Record that Address Manager needs to import.
Note: When you import DNS data, Address Manager creates the Top Level Domains automatically.

Parent IP blocks and IP networks must exist in Address Manager before you can import DNS host records from a Managed Windows server. If the network does not exist, Address Manager does not import the host record. Similarly, parent IPv6 blocks and networks must exist before you can import AAAA records.

For example, if you wanted to import host1.example.com which pointed to the IP address 192.168.1.50, you would first need to create the 192.168.1.0/24 (or something similar). For more information about creating IP Blocks and Networks, refer to IP address space.

DNS data is imported on a server-by-server basis. You do not need to create DNS zones in Address Manager before starting to import data; the zones are created during the import process.

After you have switched the Managed Windows server to Read-Write mode you may use the data in its unmodified state, or you can configure it in Address Manager, and then deploy it to the Managed Windows server. After the import process has finished and you have validated the data, you should change the Managed Windows server to Read-Write mode.
Note: You must deploy your data immediately after you switch a Managed Windows server to Read-Write mode.

To import DNS data:

  1. Select the Servers tab. Tabs remember the page you last worked on, so select the Servers tab again to ensure you are working with the Configuration information page.
  2. Under Server, click the Managed Windows Server that contains the DNS data you want to import. The server’s Details tab opens.
    Note: The Import option appears in the drop-down menu only when the Details tab is selected on the Server page.
  3. Click the server name, and then select Import. The Import Configuration Details page opens.
  4. Under General, select the Import DNS configuration check box.
  5. Leave the Re-import Resource Records check box clear.
  6. Click Import. The server’s Details tab opens.
    All zones (including child objects) and all server level options are imported.

    DNS resource records are not part of subsequent imports, instead, resource records are sent from the Windows DNS server into Address Manager through a notification mechanism.

    Note: Resource records are not imported during subsequent imports of the same zone. You may need to re-import resource records if a problem occurred that took a DDW server offline and Address Manager was unable to receive notifications. In this case you can re synchronize the Resource Record data by selecting the Re-import Resource Records check box. Selecting this check box clears the resource records from all zones, and then re-imports them.