[Samba] Horrible BIND9_DLZ DNS breakage after DC replaced and samba-tool domain demote --remove-other-dead-server

Alex Crow acrow at integrafin.co.uk
Sun Aug 14 18:18:41 UTC 2016

> Ok, lets just run through this:
> You have an NT4-style PDC
> You classicupgrade this to a DC
Yes, with BIND9_DLZ DNS backend.

> You join another computer as a DC
> At this point, have you checked that all DNS records etc are correct ?

Yes, I followed the procedure on the Wiki at:


I setup bind as documented and start it as soon as the domain is joined.
It works fine at this point.

In addition even after this I find essential DNS records missing, eg the
A record for the domain only exists for the initial server, not the
newly joined one. The same with all the SRV records.

So I issue this command to add them:

samba_dnsupdate --verbose

> Is Bind9 running on both DCs at this point.
> Is everything working as expected ?


> You now turn off the first DC
> You now seize all FSMO roles to the remaining DC

I've tried this in two different ways:

1. Turn off the first DC, fsmo seize then 
--remove-other-dead-server=<original DC name>

2. Try to demote the first DC, fails to complete. then carry on as above
> Are you turning Bind9 off on the remaining DC at this point ?

After this point I've shut down the original DC.
> You run the demote command and then Bind9 will not start ?

In either of these scenarios bind9 will not start as it claims there are
no records for my realm's domains.

Best regards


> Rowland

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