You may find yourself in a scenario where you enable Scavenging on the Windows DNS Server to get rid of some old and stale records on the zone.
You configure the Scavenging Cycle and Aging (No Refresh and Refresh interval) appropriate to your environment and wait for the Scavenging cycle to delete your records.
You notice that the Scavenging cycle runs but does not delete the records with old time stamps.
You decide to wait for another scavenging cycle to run, but still the records do not get deleted.
For the zone in question run the following command:
dnscmd /zoneinfo contoso.com
(I will use the zone as contoso.com for example)
You will get the result like this:
Zone query result:
ptr = 0000000000327C90
zone name = ocntoso.com
zone type = 1
shutdown = 0
paused = 0
update = 2
DS integrated = 1
read only zone = 0
in DS loading queue = 0
currently DS loading = 0
data file = (null)
using WINS = 0
using Nbstat = 0
aging = 1
refresh interval = 168
no refresh = 168
scavenge available = 3606130
Zone Masters NULL IP Array.
Zone Secondaries NULL IP Array.
secure secs = 3
directory partition = AD-Domain flags 00000015
zone DN = DC=contoso.com,cn=MicrosoftDNS,DC=DomainDnsZones,DC=contoso,DC=com Scavenge Servers
Ptr = 000000000031D480
MaxCount = 1
AddrCount = 1
Server => af=2, salen=16, [sub=0, flag=00000000] p=13568, addr=192.168.1.1
Here you notice the IP address 192.168.1.1.
This is the IP address of the server which has the permission to scavenge the zone (Most likely this could be a server which is no longer existing)
If this is not the IP address of the server which on which you have configured Scavenging then we need to change that.
To change the Scavenging server for a zone, run the command:
dnscmd /zoneresetscavengeservers contoso.com <Ip of the current DNS Server>
where <IP of the current DNS Server> is the IP address of the DNS Server where Scavenging is configured.
The following command resets all scavenging server settings and removes manually specified servers.
dnscmd /zoneresetscavengeservers contoso.com (without ip address).
Please note the maximum time that an stale record may take to be deleted through Scavenging is (No Refresh interval + Refresh interval + Scavenging cycle interval)
To get a good understanding on Scavenging, please refer:
Article ID: 2791165 - Last Review: Oct 24, 2013 - Revision: 1