A Quick Tip To Change The Location File Based DNS Database

by [Published on 24 Feb. 2011 / Last Updated on 9 Jan. 2010]

This article explains how you can change the location of DNS Database of file based DNS Servers.

By default Windows DNS Servers storing File Based Zones look for database at the \Windows\System32\DNS Directory. This folder stores the data for the file-based DNS Zones. You might need to change this location for performance reasons. You need to use a registry heck to do so, as mentioned below:

  • KEY Name: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Parameters
  • Entry Name: DatabaseDirectory
  • Type: REG_SZ
  • Value: %SystemRoot%\System32\DNS

The default value of regitsry entry is \Windows\System32\DNS.


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