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Start or pause a zone

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

You can use this procedure to start or pause a zone. By default, zones are started when they are created or loaded at the server. Only zones that have previously been paused need to be restarted.

You can perform this procedure by using the DNS snap-in or by using the Dnscmd command-line tool.

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.

Starting or pausing a zone

To start or pause a zone using the Windows interface
  1. Open the DNS snap-in.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable zone.


    • DNS/applicable DNS server/Forward Lookup Zones (or Reverse Lookup Zones)/applicable zone

  3. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, click Start or Pause, and then click OK.

To open the DNS snap-in, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

To start or pause a zone using the command line
  1. Open a command prompt. To start a zone, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd ServerName /ZoneResume ZoneName

  2. To pause a zone, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd ServerName /ZonePause ZoneName


    Value Description


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


    Required. Resumes the hosting of the zone by the DNS server.


    Required. Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the zone resuming operation.

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