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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/EN-US/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
It is not possible to change the following default DNS Start of Authority (SOA) values:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/163971/EN-US/ )The Structure of a DNS SOA Record
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or the individual software update. For information on obtaining the latest service pack, please go to:
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT version 4.0 Service Pack 5.
Some organizations, responsible for registering DNS domain names, demand specific DNS SOA values to be used when registering DNS domains. This is to make sure that these values adapt well to the requirements of the Internet.
The following is an example of the values that were requested by one of these organizations:
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
These registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Parameters ForceSoaSerial (REG_DWORD) ForceSoaMinimumTtl (REG_DWORD) ForceSoaRefresh (REG_DWORD) ForceSoaRetry (REG_DWORD) ForceSoaExpire (REG_DWORD)
NOTE: Be sure to click Decimal in Registry Editor when entering values.
NOTE: ForceSoaSerial should only be used for registration purposes as described above. After registering, this key should be deleted to ensure normal serial number functionality. If this key is not deleted, on every DNS server restart, the serial number is reset using the ForceSoaSerial value.
Article ID: 196432 - Last Review: June 11, 2012 - Revision: 3.0