Restoring the Separate _msdcs Zone

Okay, so if you're anything like me - and like things to be done properly first time (and also to look neat), then you'll know what I mean when I talk about the separate _msdcs zone in DNS on a Windows AD DNS Server. Of course, you have to be a nerd, like me, to know what I'm talking about here also - but that's assumed seeing as you're reading this blog. I digress...

If you have ever reconfigured said DNS server, and recreated the DNS zones from scratch, you'll know that the neat zone that keeps all the SRV records separate from the oh-so-important A records, disappears - and gets put in a folder under the usual domain root.

Well, I have a solution to the ever so pressing issue. Obviously the only way anyone is going to risk breaking their whole Active Directory network will be if, like me, they are so totally OCD about this kind of thing.

So, if you're interested, I've written a short article on how to restore this behaviour, and published it as always on If you think it might help you out, then here's the link:

Edit: link no longer available

But remember, follow that article at your own risk!