4.8 DNS Properties

Let's finish this chapter with an explanation of the Action Properties selection. The Properties selection on the Action menu is context-sensitive. When selected, the DNS console displays the properties of the highlighted resource record, zone, or server.

4.8.1 Resource Record Properties

Select a resource record on the right by single-clicking it. Then choose Action Properties. The window should look familiar: it's the same one you used to add the record. You can get the same effect by simply double-clicking the record, too.

4.8.2 Zone Properties

The zone properties window is viewed by selecting a zone on the left and choosing Action Properties. Unlike resource record properties, some zone information can be changed only from this window. It has five tabs:


This window shows the name of the zone's datafile as well as indicating whether it's a primary or secondary zone. The type of the zone can be changed from primary to secondary or vice versa. (Dynamic updates and aging/scavenging are advanced topics that we'll cover in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7, respectively.) The window for the movie.edu zone is shown in Figure 4-33.

Start of Authority (SOA)

This window shows the zone's SOA record. The display is the same as the window shown way back in Figure 4-19 and is no different than if you double-click the SOA record in the right panel.

Name Servers

We've already seen this window?see Figure 4-31.


The WINS tab is covered in Chapter 11.

Zone Transfers

The Zone Transfers tab and settings are also covered in Chapter 11.

Figure 4-33. Zone properties window, General tab

4.8.3 Server Properties

You can view the server properties by selecting a server on the left and choosing Action Properties. It has seven tabs:


This window allows you to specify the interfaces on which the server will listen for queries. If you have multiple interfaces (as for virtual web hosting), you might not need them all to be listed here. The default behavior is for the server to listen on all interfaces. The window is shown in Figure 4-34.

Figure 4-34. Server properties, Interfaces tab

Forwarders, Advanced, Debug Logging, Event Logging, and Monitoring

These tabs are all covered in Chapter 11.

Root Hints

We discussed this window earlier (see Figure 4-26).