Create a DNS application directory partition

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

To create a DNS application directory partition

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type:

    dnscmd ServerName /CreateDirectoryPartitionFQDN

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. 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).


  • By default, only members of the Enterprise Admins group can create a DNS application directory partition.

  • 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 /CreateDirectoryPartition /?

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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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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


DNS zone replication in Active Directory
Enlist a DNS server in a DNS application directory partition
Remove a DNS server from a DNS application directory partition
Change zone replication scope
Install Windows Support Tools
Create or delete an application directory partition
Add or remove an application directory partition replica
Security information for DNS