Change the Zone Replication Scope

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use the following procedure to change the replication scope for a zone. Only Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)–integrated primary and stub forward lookup zones can change their replication scope. Secondary forward lookup zones cannot change their replication scope.

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Changing zone replication scope

  • Using the Windows interface

  • Using a command line

To change zone replication scope using the Windows interface

  1. Open DNS Manager.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable zone, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab, note the current zone replication type, and then click Change.

  4. Select a replication scope for the zone.

Additional considerations

  • To open DNS Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

To change zone replication scope using the command line

  • At a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd <ServerName> /ZoneChangeDirectoryPartition <ZoneName> <NewPartitionName>
    Parameter Description


    Specifies the name of the command-line tool for managing DNS servers.


    Required. Specifies the Domain Name System (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. Changes a zone's replication scope.


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


    Required. The FQDN of the DNS application directory partition where the zone will be stored.

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.