Windows 2003 DNS Server Performance Testing

i have a two tier application that uses two windows servers.  The servers communicate with each other using their fuly qualified domain names.  There is also a DNS server in the same location.  The DNS server is running Windows 2003 Server.  I am experiencing some difficulty with the two tier application and one of the steps i need to take during troubleshooting is verifying te DNS server is processing all requests.  Is there any type of testing i can perform on a windows dns server that would show whether or not it is working correctly as well as response time?  The application developers think it might be the response time that is causing the problem.
deklinmAsked:
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sweetfa2Commented:
Open a dos command window

Use nslookup

Enter the following

server yourdnsserverip
ahostedipaddress

If that times out you will know.


Then you can try ping to see what your network roundtrip time is...
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FrabbleCommented:
I found a free utility that will test DNS lookups. It's not as flexible as some, it only uses the first DNS server on the machine you run it on, but you're able to enter the names you want to look up in a domains.txt file and it tracks the query time stats:
http://swmirror.zapto.org/cms/index.php/software-download/dns-performance-test/
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Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Methinks your developer does not understand the role of DNS.

DNS lookups are cached on the server, so every time a DNS lookup needs to happen your Server will first check it own DNS cache. DNS cache expires and would only then get refreshed by querying the DNS Server.

What is the type of errors that you are encountering on your application.
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