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Create a DNS Application Directory Partition

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can store Domain Name System (DNS) zones in the domain or application directory partitions of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). A partition is a data structure in AD DS that distinguishes data for different replication purposes. When you create an application directory partition for DNS, you can control the scope of replication for the zone that is stored in that partition. For more information, see Understanding Active Directory Domain Services Integration.

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To create a DNS application directory partition

  1. Open a command prompt.

  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd <ServerName> /CreateDirectoryPartition <FQDN> 
Parameter Description


Specifies the name of 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. Creates a DNS application directory partition.


Required. Specifies the name of the new DNS application directory partition. You must use a DNS fully qualified domain name (FQDN).

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

dnscmd /CreateDirectoryPartition /? 

Additional considerations

  • 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.

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