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Restore Domain Name System server default preferences

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 restore Domain Name System (DNS) server default preferences. The DNS server default preferences are listed in the following table.


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


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.

To restore DNS server default preferences
  1. Open the DNS snap-in.

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

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