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Restore server default preferences

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To restore server default preferences

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable DNS server, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Advanced tab.

  4. Click Reset to Default, and then click OK.


  • 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 Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open DNS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DNS.

  • Clicking Reset to Default configures the DNS server with the initial configuration it had following installation. These setting are displayed in the table below.


    Property Setting

    Disable recursion


    BIND secondaries


    Fail on load if bad zone data


    Enable round robin


    Enable netmask ordering


    Secure cache against pollution


    Name checking

    Multibyte (UTF8)

    Load zone data on startup

    From Active Directory and registry

    Enable automatic scavenging of stale records


Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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