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Configure aging and scavenging of a DNS Server

Resource records that are either outdated or decayed from DNS zone data are removed through the use of the Server aging and scavenging feature in Windows Server 2008. Issues develop if decayed resource records are not dealt with, such as:

* Zone transfers take longer as the DNS server disk space contains a large number of stale records

* The accumulation of stale records degrades the DNS server performance and response time

* Potential conflicts can occur, if an IP address in a dynamic DNS environment is assigned to a different host.

By default, the aging and scavenging feature is disabled. In order to use this particular feature, the user is required to enable the operations on the zone and at the DNS server.

In addition, a user is able to manually enable individual resource records to be aged and scavenged. This process involves permitting the records to use the current (non-zero) timestamp value.

The aging and scavenging operation figures out when the records should be cleared by reviewing their timestamps. The DNS Server uses a simple equation when setting a time value on a record: current server time + refresh interval.


Navigate to Start  – Administrative Tools – DNS Manager. Right click the relevant DNS server and select Set Aging/Scavenging for All Zones from the drop down list.


The Server Aging/Scavenging Properties dialog box opens. Tick the option Scavenge stale resource records.

Under the No-refresh interval heading, specify the duration for which the server must not refresh its records. Configuring this setting reduces replication traffic as unnecessary updates to existing records are prevented.

Under the Refresh interval heading, specify the duration for which the server must refresh its records. The fresh interval is the time required between when a no-refresh interval expires and when a record is considered stale.

When you have configured these settings, click OK to continue.


A confirmation box appears showing a summary of your settings. Tick the Apply these settings to the existing Active Directory-integrated zones option and click OK.


The Aging and Scavenging intervals have now been configured for all zones managed by the DNS server.





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