Change the zone replication scope

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

You can use the following procedure to change the replication scope for a zone. Only Active Directory-integrated primary and stub forward lookup zones can change their replication scope. Secondary forward lookup zones cannot change their replication scope.

You can perform this procedure by using the DNS snap-in or by using the Dnscmd command-line tool.

Administrative credentials

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 the RunĀ as command to perform this procedure.

Changing zone replication scope

  • Using the Windows interface

  • Using the command line

To change zone replication scope using the Windows interface

  1. Open the DNS snap-in.

  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.


To open the DNS snap-in, 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

    Value Description


    Required. Specifies the Domain Name System (DNS) host name of the DNS server. You can also type the Internet Protocol (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.