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Windows 2000 DNS Boot File Can Be Named Boot or Boot.dns

Article ID: 240088

Article Last Modified on 2/28/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

This article was previously published under Q240088


Windows 2000 can load the Directory Naming Service (DNS) boot file from a text file. This makes moving zone files from a third-party DNS server or a Microsoft Windows NT DNS server easy. The boot file's default name in Windows 2000 is Boot (the file name has no extension). This file may have been named Boot.dns previously, so Windows 2000 loads either of these files, but saves the file only as Boot (with no extension).


Windows 2000 can use many different methods to load the DNS boot file. The DNS boot file contains information that instructs the DNS server which zones to open and listen for. Depending on your configuration, the Boot file can be located in several different places:

  • It can be stored in the %SystemRoot%\System32\DNS folder (as a text file)
  • It can be stored in and loaded from the registry
  • It can be set to load from Active Directory

By default, the Boot file loads from the registry.

For additional informationthis topic, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

172221 How to Move One or More Zone Files to a New WinNT DNS Server

198408 Microsoft DNS Server Registry Parameters, Part 1 of 3

Additional query words: BIND Unix DDNS

Keywords: kbenv kbinfo KB240088