DNS: Zone <zone name> is an Active Directory integrated DNS zone and must be running

Updated: October 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer or Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the DNS Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer or DNS Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012








The Active Directory integrated zone is unavailable because it is not running.

The zone might be paused.


The DNS server will not respond to queries for the zone.

DNS client computers will fail to resolve names in the zone.


Start the Active Directory integrated zone.

If the zone is in a paused state, you can use the DNS console to start the zone, or you can use dnscmd. The procedure to start the zone using a command line is provided below.

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete these procedures. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477).

To start the zone

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.

  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dnscmd [<ServerName>] /ZoneResume <ZoneName>
Value Description


The command-line tool for managing DNS servers.


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 (.) or omit the host name.


Required. Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the zone resuming operation.

See Also

Other Resources

Start or Pause a Zone