A Quick Tip To Alter Default Behaviour Of GlobalNameZones

by [Published on 8 Oct. 2009 / Last Updated on 29 April 2009]

This article explains how you can change the default behaviour of GlobalNameZone zone.

GlobalNames Zone is a new feature in Windows Server 2008 DNS Server. This is a type of zone and must be created manually in the DNS Server snap-in. When you create this zone, the default behaviour of DNS Name resolution changes. The client will query the GlobalNames zone first before querying any other zone in the DNS Server. You can change this behaviour by modifying the following registry entry at DNS Server where you have created the GlobalNames zone:

  • KEY NAME: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Parameters
  • Entry Name: GlobalNamesQueryOrder
  • Value: 0(Query GlobalNames zone first then other zones). This is the default behavior.
  • 1(Query other zones first, then GlobalNames zone).


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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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