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DNS hit count on windows 2003 server

Hi,
We have our DNS running on windows server 2003 standard edition,
Is there any way i can see how much hits came on that DNS server during last specific period of time ?

Prompt response will be highly appreciated.
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Amitabh SinghAWS Certified Solution Architect | L3 IT Specialist for CloudCommented:
Hi
use wireshark and just user filter to for DNS request between specific time


http://www.wireshark.org/news/20080204.html
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Amitabh SinghAWS Certified Solution Architect | L3 IT Specialist for CloudCommented:
by the way if you don't know about wireshark then wireshark is a free network packet analyzing utility !
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pdixit1977Author Commented:
i can't use wireshark becasue.

1. it can be useful for a specific/planned time and couldn't run always due to huge log size output.
2. My management can anytime ask for these logs (present or historic) so wireshark is not a solution for me.
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Amitabh SinghAWS Certified Solution Architect | L3 IT Specialist for CloudCommented:
Hi

2nd way is to enable Auditing for your DNS Zone

have a look to the Blog below for step by step guide (how to enable Auditing for a  DNS Zone)

https://blogs.technet.com/b/yuridiogenes/archive/2008/03/06/auditing-a-dns-zone.aspx
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ddiazpCommented:
You can use perfmon to monitor this. You can start a perfmon monitor and leave it running permanently.

start->perfmon, go to add counters, and under  DNS, search for 'Total Query Received' or 'Total Query received/second'.

This will constantly consume disk space though so it's not a veyr good solution (only about 32KB per week or so though).


I'd recommend using Cacti, or a graphing tool that can query these stats and graph them for you over time, etc.
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pdixit1977Author Commented:
ddiazp
DNS counters have been configured as you suggested but the output log file having .blg format. how can i read the logs in blg file ? can't i get this into a plain text file ?

i dont want fancy/graphical report, only text data will suffice..
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pdixit1977Author Commented:
i m getting logs in CSV after changing log file format to "Textfile:comma delimited" and configure file name ended with "mmddhhmm"

I am unable to understand below logs like 0 sounds logical that DNS didn't receive any query at that moment but what does "0.133350959" mean because query number either would be 0 or 1 or more than that.

\\server-name\DNS\Total Query Received/sec
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0.133350959
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0.066671168
0.200156868
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ddiazpCommented:
Total Queries / second are measured overtime.. that means that during a period of time, the average was say, 0.2 queries per second, which means if you measured for 5 seconds, the total was 1 DNS query during that timeframe. Queries / second are mostly for statistic puurposes, you probably want 'Total Queries Received' instead.
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GovvyCommented:
Right-click the DNS server in the DNS MMC and select properties>Debug Logging

Select log packets for debugging and relevant options
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pdixit1977Author Commented:
Such a fantastic solution, thanks
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