Configure 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

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.

To configure automatic scavenging of stale resource records

  1. Open the DNS snap-in.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable Domain Name System (DNS) server, and 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, in Scavenging period, select an interval in the drop-down list (either hours or days), and then type a number in the text box.


To open the DNS snap-in, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.