Remove a DNS Server from a DNS Application Directory Partition

Updated: May 9, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can perform this procedure when you no longer want the Domain Name System (DNS) server to participate in replication of a DNS application directory partition. You cannot remove a DNS server from the DomainDnsZones or ForestDnsZones application directory partitions.

Membership in DnsAdmins or Domain Admins in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

  1. Open a command prompt. To open an elevated Command Prompt window, click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  2. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd <ServerName> /UnenlistDirectoryPartition <FQDN> 


Parameter Description


The command-line tool for managing DNS servers.


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. Removes a DNS server from a DNS application directory partition.


Required. Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the DNS application directory partition from which you are removing the DNS server that is specified by ServerName.

To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

dnscmd /UnenlistDirectoryPartition /?

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