You can use this procedure to control whether a zone responds to queries or transfer requests.

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

Pausing or resuming a zone

To pause or resume a zone using the Windows interface
  1. Open DNS Manager.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable zone.


    • DNS/applicable DNS server/Forward Lookup Zones (or Reverse Lookup Zones)/applicable zone

  3. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, click Pause or Start, and then click OK.

Additional considerations

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

  • By default, zones are started when they are created or loaded at the server. After you use this procedure to pause a zone, you must restart the zone before it is available for servicing clients or updating zones.

To pause or resume a zone using a command line
  1. Open a command prompt.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To pause the zone, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

      dnscmd <ServerName> /ZonePause <ZoneName>
    • To resume the zone, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

      dnscmd <ServerName> /ZoneResume <ZoneName>

Parameter Description


Manages DNS servers.


Required. Specifies the Domain Name System (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 (.)


Required. Pauses the zone.


Required. Resumes the zone.


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

To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type one of the following commands, and then press ENTER:

dnscmd <ServerName> /ZonePause /help

Additional considerations

  • To open an elevated Command Prompt window, click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.