I am setting up DNS scavenging on a Windows 2003 server. When I go to set up scavenging on a zone the "This zone can be scavenged after" time stamp box is blank and not editable. Is this intended behavior? I thought this box should have todays date and time.

Thanks in advance for any advice


The box indeed should have a timestamp (not necessarily the current one) if you have you enabled both - dynamic updates and scavenging - for the zone in question. It should not be editable at any time.

When you first set scavenging on a zone the timestamp seen at the bottom (reload zone if you don't see it) will be set to the current time of day rounded down to the nearest hour plus the Refresh interval. This also gets reset any time the zone is loaded or any time dynamic updates get enabled on the zone.

(From: http://blogs.technet.com/b/networking/archive/2008/03/19/don-t-be-afraid-of-dns-scavenging-just-be-patient.aspx)

  • I have both enabled – Big J Feb 13 '13 at 15:40
  • @BigJ so have you tried reloading the zone as suggested in the quoted passage? – the-wabbit Feb 13 '13 at 15:57
  • I did and now it works. I'm a dumby. Thanks mucho! – Big J Feb 13 '13 at 16:24

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