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View when a zone can start scavenging stale records

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To view when a zone can start scavenging stale records

Using the Windows interface

  1. Open DNS.

  2. On the View menu, click Advanced.

  3. Right-click the applicable zone, then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, click Aging.

  5. Under Refresh interval, view when the zone is first eligible to be scavenged for stale resource records.


  • 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.

  • The start scavenging date and time stamp are used to determine when zone scavenging starts. For more information, see Related Topics.

  • After the start scavenging date and time stamp are reached, scavenging can occur only if the Scavenge stale resource records check box is selected. If the check box is cleared, scavenging for the zone cannot be performed.

Using a command line

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type:



Value Description


Specifies the name of the command-line tool.


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


Required. Displays configuration information.


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


Required. Specifies the configuration property that displays when the zone is first eligible to be scavenged for stale resource records. The output value is in hours. The default setting is 168 hours (one week).


  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • This procedure requires the Dnscmd Windows support tool. For information about installing Windows support tools, see Related Topics.

  • To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type:

    dnscmd /ZoneInfo /help

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Format Meaning


Information that the user must supply


Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

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Code or program output

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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