Start or stop a DNS server

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

To start or stop a DNS server

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable DNS server.


    • DNS/Applicable DNS server
  3. On the Action menu, point to All Tasks and then click one of the following:

    • To start the service, click Start.

    • To stop the service, click Stop.

    • To interrupt the service, click Pause.

    • To stop and then automatically restart the service, click Restart.


  • 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.

  • After you pause or stop the service, on the Action menu, in All Tasks, you can click Resume to immediately resume service.

  • When using registry-based configuration, changes are applied to DNS servers only when the DNS Server service is re-initialized. In these cases, if a DNS value is manually changed directly in the registry, the DNS Server service must always be restarted for the new value to be used.

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.

See Also


Manage Servers
DNS Checklists
Managing DNS Servers