Enable automatic scavenging of stale resource records

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

To enable automatic scavenging of stale resource records

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable DNS server, then click Properties.

  3. Click the Advanced tab.

  4. Select the Enable automatic scavenging of stale records check box.

  5. To adjust the Scavenging period, select from the drop-down list an interval in either hours or days, and then type a number in the text box.


  • 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.

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


Managing the aging and scavenging of server data
Understanding aging and scavenging
Use Aging and Scavenging