Logging Query's on a Windows 2000 DNS Server

Posted on 2009-05-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I have a Windows 2000 DNS Server.  I am trying to setup logging so I can track to see what websites clients are accessing.  I have looked at the Logging on the DNS Server and selected query, but when I do some web browsing, nothing shows up in the log.  Is there a way to have this show up?
Question by:supertechhawaii
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Expert Comment

ID: 24403648
Yes there is a way.

By default debug logging is turned off, because it is high intesitive process and log file can grow oversize very quickly and can seriously degrade DNS server's performance

To select and enable debug logging options on the DNS server

   1. Open DNS
   2. In the console tree, click the applicable DNS server.
   3. On the Action menu, click Properties.
   4. Click the Logging tab.
   5. Select the events that you want the DNS server to record for debug logging, and then click OK.

But be aware! Using debug logging options slows DNS server performance.

Log file is than created an it's located in systemroot\System32\Dns

Good luck ;)


Author Comment

ID: 24403692
Aloha Zoubi77,
  Thanks for the reply.  I have enabled the logging, however, I am not sure what log to enabe to see the web query that hit the dns.  What should I enaable.


Expert Comment

ID: 24403725
Here are explanations of options

    * Query  Logs queries received by the DNS Server service from clients.
    * Notify  Logs notification messages received by the DNS Server service from other servers.
    * Update  Logs dynamic updates received by the DNS Server service from other computers.
    * Questions  Logs the contents of the question section for each DNS query message processed by the DNS Server service.
    * Answers  Logs the contents of the answer section for each DNS query message processed by the DNS Server service.
    * Send  Logs the number of DNS query messages sent by the DNS Server service.
    * Receive  Logs the number of DNS query messages received by the DNS Server service.
    * UDP  Logs the number of DNS requests received by the DNS Server service over a UDP port.
    * TCP  Logs the number of DNS requests received by the DNS Server service over a TCP port.
    * Full packets  Logs the number of full packets written and sent by the DNS Server service.
    * Write through  Logs the number of packets written through by the DNS Server service and back to the zone.

You should enable QUERY...
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Author Comment

ID: 24403869
Aloha zoubi77,
  Thanks for the quick response.  On Monday I will try to enable the query log and see if this works.  I will post a reply to an update.


Author Comment

ID: 24415269
Aloha Zoubi77,
   I have enabled the "Query" log file.  I have been surffing the web and nothing is being written to the log file.  Any other thoughts as to what I am doing wrong ;)


Expert Comment

ID: 24416262
Hm..hard to say..First try to enable ALL of the options and see if it something shows in the log file. Is Ethereal an option for you (it's very-easy-to-use packet sniffer)

Hope it helps,


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supertechhawaii earned 0 total points
ID: 24417488
Aloha zoubi77,
  I have enabled the the options, and yes it does show me info in the log file :)  Is there a way to just show me where the request came from (IP address) and what was being asked (Web site location) ?

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