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Create and manage a notify list for a zone

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To create and manage a notify list for a zone

  1. Open DNS.

  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. Click the Zone Transfers tab.

  5. Click Notify.

  6. Verify that the Automatically notify check box is checked.

  7. Select the method to be used for creating a list for notifying other DNS servers when changes to the zone occur. Your options are:

    • Use the default, Servers listed on the Name Servers tab, to permit only those servers that appear by IP address on the Name Servers tab to be included in the notify list.

    • Select The following servers if you want to specify a different notify list to be used instead.

  8. If you selected The following servers in the previous step, add or remove server IP addresses to form the notify list as needed:

    • To add a server to the notify list, type its IP address in the IP address field and click Add.

    • To remove a server from the notify list, click the server IP address in the list box and click Remove.


  • 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 Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open DNS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DNS.

  • Changes to the notify list properties are only available on primary zones. For secondary zones, these properties are read-only. DNS Notify is an RFC-compliant extension of the DNS standard defined in RFC 1996, "A Mechanism for Prompt Notification of Zone Changes."

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

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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