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Configuring notify lists

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

Configuring notify lists

Notify lists can be created and managed to provide a method for a master server for a zone (such as the primary server or another secondary server) to notify a list of secondary servers when the zone changes.

To create or manage a notify list, you can use the DNS console to add and remove servers by their IP addresses in the notify list for a zone. By default, the notify list is based on the authoritative servers for the zone as listed on the Name Servers tab.


  • For more information on how DNS notification works, see Understanding zones and zone transfer.

  • For more information on configuring and managing notify lists, see Create and manage a notify list for a zone.

  • You cannot configure a notify list for a stub zone.

  • By default, a DNS server running a Windows Server 2003 operating system will only allow a zone transfer to authoritative DNS servers listed in the name server (NS) resource records for the zone.

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