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Windows Server 2008 R2 DNS Server Intermittently Unresponsive RRS feed

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  • Throughout the day out DNS servers (2x Win 2k8 R2 servers) are unable to respond to requests. The requests that fail are all on the .root zone that are either cached or obtained from 1 of 5 DNS servers we forward to before going to root hints.

    At first I thought the DNS servers we were forwarding to were flaky. So I added some more in. Currently the forwarding list looks like

    1. ISP DNS 1
    2. OPEN DNS 1
    3. ISP DNS 2
    4. OPEN DNS 2
    5. ISP DNS 3

    I have tried:

    • Turning off root hints.
    • Set record scavenging to 7 days.
    • Using dnscmd /config /EnableEDNSProbes 0 as per this.
    • Turning on root hints.
    • Enabling EnableEDNSProbes.
    • Turning off scavenging.

    Packet capture at the DNS server shows that there is a lot of query responses with server failure between LAN clients and the local DNS server; it does not appear to be forwarding those requests. So maybe a problem with caching?

    Does anyone have anything I can try to get this working?


    • Edited by ablueS15 Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:32 AM
    Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:31 AM

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