The collection of database files, or zone files, and associated files that contain resource records for a domain. These files are stored on a name server. DNS database files are typically flat-file database files in the form of simple ASCII files.
On a Microsoft Windows NT server with the Microsoft DNS Service installed, these database files are located in the \System32\DNS directory. The DNS database files in this directory are:
On a Windows 2000 DNS server, DNS database information can be either stored in the preceding standard text files or integrated into Active Directory, depending on how DNS is installed and configured on the machine. Using Active Directory for storing DNS database information has the benefits of Active Directory’s enhanced security features and multimaster replication, providing faster and more efficient replication of DNS zone information than using standard DNS text files.