BIND master , Windows 2008 stub zone not transferring

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Thu Oct 20 14:21:50 UTC 2011

I had a very similar issue recently, but it was with secondaries on Windows
Server 2008 R2 and not stub zones.  We actually went to stub zones
afterwards to prevent the issue from happening again, hopefully.

The issue was that a machine had done DCHP and gotten the DDNS created
A/TXT/PTR records, but had registered some invalid Unicode characters in its
host name, including spaces so the host record was garbage.  Windows didn't
know what to do and stopped transferring all zones, BIND just chugged along
blissfully unaware.  I had to use nsupdate on the BIND side to remove the
bad record and get the host renamed.  After that, Windows still would not
transfer any zones (not even the zones that were not impacted by the bad
records) until ALL zones were deleted and recreated on each Windows DNS
server.  I was able to find the offending record by using the zone transfer
function in Windows nslookup and fortunately the bad characters made the
record easy to spot in the list.

I don't know that this scenario would cause your situation, but it was close
so I thought it might be of some help.


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Gregory Machin
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Subject: BIND master , Windows 2008 stub zone not transferring


We have a Linux server running bind 9.2.4 and dhcpd in a ddns configuration.
We also have a number of windows 2008 R2 servers running AD / DNS / dhcp on
other sites. These windows servers have stub zones configured, for the zones
on the Linux server.

All worked fine up until yesterday.

Now none of the zones will transfer to the stub zones on the Windows
servers. From the windows servers I can use nslookup to do zone transfers
with out any issues. But in DNS mangers , on the stub zone , when I click
one reload, or Transfer from Master, or Transfer new copy from zone Master
then result is the same "Zone Not Loaded by DNS server"  there is nothing in
the bind logs that relate to this server or the zone transfer request. As
far a I can see there are no firewall issues or connectivity issues.

Any suggestions ?



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