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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Makati City, Philippines
    Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Migrating DNS servers

    Has anyone here tried migrating DNS servers?

    I mean, we are currently running 1 master and 1 slave dns servers running Red Hat 9. The hardware are just Desktop type Pentium 4 computers and no RAID, no backups!
    The situation is really bad although the dns service and requests are still running smoothly, the slave dns hard drive starts to show signs of failure.
    I don't want to wait for them to fail completely so I'm considering to create new dns servers with Ubuntu 12.04.

    Any suggestions on how to configure and test a DNS server? I don't want to just replace the old servers and expect the new ones to takeover with no problems.
    Also, how will you migrate? In terms of IP address and hostnames, will you shutdown the old ones, and use their IP address as you turn on the new ones? Is it that simple?

    Any advice is appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: Migrating DNS servers

    Quote Originally Posted by nerdtron View Post
    shutdown the old ones, and use their IP address as you turn on the new ones
    Yes, that's what I would do. That way you don't have to mess with your DHCP settings. Your clients will still point to same IP addresses for name resolution, they'll just be querying the new servers instead.

    Are you using bind? If you are, you can just copy your db files over to the new bind and reference those files in your named.conf.local. If you want to test the new DNS server first, just point a single client to it or use the dig command on the server itself:
    dig @localhost [some domain]

  3. #3
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    Nov 2008
    Metro Boston
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    Re: Migrating DNS servers

    I'd replace the slave first and point the new slave server to the existing master. After the records are transferred to the new slave, you can replace the master. You'll then have one server in production throughout the switchover.
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  4. #4
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    Aug 2008
    Victoria, BC Canada

    Re: Migrating DNS servers

    You can use 3 DNS servers too, for more fault tolerance.


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