DNS Server Service stops randomly on my Windows Server 2003 R2 machine, must restart each time

Posted on 2009-02-24
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am running a DNS server on my Windows 2003 R2 machine.  About once a week or maybe every other week,  my DNS service will stop unexpectedly.

All I have to do is click start from services.msc,  and all is well again.  The problem is the DNS server is required for my mail server and I do not always notice that it is not up for hours and therefore get a lot of very delayed email.  

I have checked the event viewer inside the dnsmgmt window and there are no errors.

I do have a couple of repeated warnings however in the event viewer.

The first is this : Event 414
"The DNS server machine currently has no DNS domain name.  Its DNS name is a single label hostname with no domain (example:  "host" rather than ""). "

The 2nd: Event 7062
The DNS server encountered a packet addressed to itself on IP address **.***.**.***. The packet is for the DNS name "****.com.". The packet will be discarded. This condition usually indicates a configuration error.

Not sure if these warnings have anything to do with my problem.
Question by:ustng
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    Accepted Solution

    The best is to add an additional DNS server as secondary and this will eventually eliminate the problem.
    but on the existing server do the following
    On your primary DNS server open the following on that server
    select dns services
    select recovery
    on all 3 failures select restart
    select restart fail count after 0 days
    select restart service after 1 minute.

    suggest that you than and check yoru event logs to see what causes the problem and when.


    Author Comment

    I have selected for my DNS service to restart on failure and haven't had the issue since,  thank you.


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