For years, Domain Name Services on any OS stored the information about each zone in a text file. This file has a specific format and syntax, but still it is a simple text file easily manipulated by any text editor capable of reading ASCII text. Windows 2000 implements a new feature called Active Directory integrated zones. In this feature, the zone information is not stored in text files; instead, each zone is stored as an Active Directory container object called a DNSZone. Each DNS record in that zone becomes a leaf object called a DNSnode. The properties of the record—the IP address, address type, and so on—become part of a multivalued attribute called a DNSRecord.
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