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Change the boot method used by the DNS server

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To change the boot method used by the DNS server

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable DNS server, then click Properties.

  3. Click the Advanced tab.

  4. In the Load zone data on startup list, select From registry, From file, or From Active Directory and registry.


  • 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.

  • By default, DNS servers use information stored in the registry to initialize for service and load any zone data for use at the server. As added options, you can configure the DNS server to boot from a file or, in Active Directory environments, you can supplement local registry data with zone data retrieved for directory-integrated zones stored in the Active Directory database. If you use the file method, the file used must be a text file named Boot, located on this computer in the systemroot\Windows\System32\Dns folder.

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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