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Start, stop, pause, or restart a DNS server

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

You can use the following procedure to start, stop, pause, or restart Domain Name System (DNS).

Administrative credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using the Run as command to perform this procedure.

To start, stop, pause, or restart a DNS server
  1. Open the DNS snap-in.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable DNS server.

  3. On the Action menu, point to All Tasks, and then click one of the following:

    • To start the DNS service on this server, click Start.

    • To stop the DNS service on this server, click Stop.

    • To interrupt the DNS service on this server, click Pause.

    • To stop and then automatically restart the DNS service on this server, click Restart.

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To open the DNS management console, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

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If you want to resume the service after you pause or stop it, on the Action menu, point to All Tasks, and then click Resume to immediately resume the service.

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