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Disable DNS round robin

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 disable round-robin rotation for multihomed names. 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.

Disabling DNS round robin

To disable DNS round robin using the Windows interface
  1. Open the DNS snap-in.

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


    • DNS/applicable DNS server

  3. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  4. Click the Advanced tab.

  5. In Server options, clear the Enable round robin check box, and then click OK.

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

To disable DNS round robin using the command line
  • At a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd ServerName /Config /RoundRobin {1|0}


    Value Description


    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 (.).


    Configures round-robin rotation.


    To enable round robin, type 1 (on). To disable round robin, type 0 (off).

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