Dynamically registering with DNS RRS feed

  • Question

  • Anyone have any idea why the DHCP client service needs to be started to in order for the client to register with DNS?  Even if we have static addresses assigned?  We have various Windows 2003 and 2008 Servers that are DC's and DNS hosts.

    If I run ipconfig /registerdns ona  client with DHCP client turned off it returns RPC unavailable.  I then turn on DHCP and run the same command and it registers fine.  I then turn off DHCP again and run the command and it says invalid path or something...



    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:45 PM

All replies

  • That only applies to Windows 2003/XP and below. Windows Vista/7/2008/2008R2 all use the DNS Client service for this purpose.

    However, that is by design behavior. The DHCP client service in Windows 2003/XP and below is used for obtaining an IP address (along with other communications with the DHCP server) and is responsible for registration of host (A) and (PTR) records. The netlogon service is responsible for registration of SRV records (which applies only to domain controllers).


    Here is an article with more info:


    Brandon Wilson - Premier Field Engineer (Platforms)
    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 11:21 PM
  • Great, thanks for the response!
    Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:41 PM
  • Anytime :)

    Brandon Wilson - Premier Field Engineer (Platforms)
    Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:57 PM