Create and Manage a Notify List for a Zone

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Notify lists control how a master server for a Domain Name System (DNS) zone (such as the primary server or another secondary server) notifies secondary servers when the zone changes. You can use this procedure to create and manage a notify list for a zone.

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To create and manage a notify list for a zone

  1. Open DNS Manager. To open DNS Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the zone that you want to manage, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Zone Transfers tab.

  4. Click Notify.

  5. Verify that the Automatically notify check box is selected.

  6. Select the method to be used for creating a list for notifying other DNS servers when changes to the zone occur. Your options are as follows:

    • Use the default option, Servers listed on the Name Servers tab, to permit only those servers that appear by IP address on the Name Servers tab to be included in the notify list.

    • Use the The following servers option if you want to specify a different notify list to be used instead.

  7. If you selected The following servers in the previous step, add or remove server IP addresses to form the notify list as necessary:

    • To add a server to the notify list, type its IP address in the IP address field, and then click Add.

    • To remove a server from the notify list, click the server IP address in the list box, and then click Remove.

Additional considerations

  • DNS Notify is a Request for Comments (RFC)-compliant extension of the DNS standard that is defined in RFC 1996, "A Mechanism for Prompt Notification of Zone Changes."

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