Event ID 4015 — DNS Server Active Directory Integration

Originally published: November 13, 2007 at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc735674(WS.10).aspx 

Applies To

Windows Server 2008

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You can configure the DNS Server service to use Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to store zone data. This makes it possible for the DNS server to rely on directory replication, which enhances security, reliability, and ease of administration.

Event Details

Product:  Windows Operating System 
Event ID: 4015 
Source: Microsoft-Windows-DNS-Server-Service 
Version: 6.0 
Message: The DNS server has encountered a critical error from the Active Directory. Check that the Active Directory is functioning properly. The extended error debug information (which may be empty) is "%1". The event data contains the error.


Troubleshoot AD DS and restart the DNS Server service

The DNS Server service relies on Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to store and retrieve information for AD DS-integrated zones. This error indicates that AD DS is not responding to requests from the DNS Server service. Ensure that AD DS is functioning properly, troubleshoot any problems, and then restart the DNS Server service.

For information about troubleshooting AD DS, see Active Directory Troubleshooting Topics  (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=95789).

To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To restart the DNS Server service:

  1. On the DNS server, start Server Manager. To start Server Manager, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
  2. In the console tree, expand Roles, expand DNS Server, and then expand DNS.
  3. Right-click the DNS server, click All Tasks, and then click Restart.

If the problem continues, restart the computer and then use Server Manager to confirm that the DNS Server service has started.

To restart the computer:

  • Click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.

To confirm that the DNS Server service has started:

  1. On the DNS server, start Server Manager.
  2. In the console tree, expand Roles, and then click DNS Server.

The System Services list shows the state of the DNS Server service.


Ensure that Event IDs 4523 and 4524 are being logged and that no events in the range 4000 to 4019 appear in the Domain Name System (DNS) event log.

Related Management Information

DNS Server Active Directory Integration (TechNet Library)

DNS Infrastructure (TechNet Library)