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.
pdixit1977Asked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

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
0
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 !
0
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.
0
Hey MSSPs! What's your total cost of ownership?

WEBINAR: Managed security service providers often deploy & manage products from a variety of solution vendors. But is this really the best approach when it comes to saving time AND money? Join us on Aug. 15th to learn how you can improve your total cost of ownership today!

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
0
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.
0
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..
0
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
0
0.133350959
0
0.066671168
0.200156868
0
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.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
GovvyCommented:
Right-click the DNS server in the DNS MMC and select properties>Debug Logging

Select log packets for debugging and relevant options
0
pdixit1977Author Commented:
Such a fantastic solution, thanks
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
DNS

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.