Enlist a DNS Server in a DNS Application Directory Partition

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

After you create a Domain Name System (DNS) application directory partition to store a zone, you must enlist the DNS server that hosts the zone in the application directory partition. For more information, see Understanding DNS Zone Replication in Active Directory Domain Services.

Membership in DnsAdmins or Domain Admins, or the equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To enlist a DNS server in a DNS application directory partition
  1. Open a command prompt.

  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd <ServerName> /EnlistDirectoryPartition <FQDN> 


Value Description


Specifies the name of the command-line tool for managing DNS servers.


Required. Specifies the DNS host name of the DNS server. You can also type the IP address of the DNS server. To specify the DNS server on the local computer, you can also type a period (.).


Required. Enlists a DNS server in a DNS application directory partition.


Required. Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the DNS application directory partition.

To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

dnscmd /EnlistDirectoryPartition /?

Additional considerations

  • To open an elevated Command Prompt window, click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

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