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I think my DNS / AD is screwed up.  My client has been reporting some weird behavior in their network.  Suddenly, mapped drives or network based apps are not accessible.  Some are reporting that they are not getting an IP address via DHCP.  In fact, they are getting nothing - not even the default machine address.

I saw some events in a workstations logs (didn't collect it for this report - I will if necessary).

I looked at the DNS on the domain controller and I saw this (see attached):  There is a forward zone for the domain but not one for the active directory (sorry, I don't understand this part very well so I might be using the wrong nomenclature).  So, there is no '_msdcs.domain.local' zone.

Not sure but something tells me this is a big deal.  Can you help me confirm this?  And, if so, what can I do about it?
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by:Imtiaz Hasham
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Hi,

You have a problem but not a grave one and the solution:

1. Backup the DNS zone as of current.
2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/294328/en-gb

Still works for Windows 2008 :)

See if this thread leads you anywhere:
http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?p=76140#post76140
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by:Mike Kline
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What do you see if you expand that node, example from my lab

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Mike
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by:jasons73
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How many domain controllers are running in your enviroment?

Without specifics on the number of domain controllers, At the very least I'd run the following on from an elevated command prompt each domain controller


ipconfig /registerdns
dcdiag /fix
nltest /dsregdns
ipconfig /flushdns
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by:footech
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It is valid to have either _msdcs as its own zone, or as a subdomain of your <domainname> zone.  The information as requested by mkline71 would show us which you have.  Typically when _msdcs is its own zone, you will have a delegation for it (which would appear as a grayed-out icon) under your <domainname> zone.
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by:crapshooter
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Mike, yes those entries are all there.

There is only one DC.  I will try all of the commands that you gave me (and KB articles) and report back.
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by:Mike Kline
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If your zone looks like what I have they you should be ok,  do you see all the SRV records and host records in the zone?

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Mike
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by:Imtiaz Hasham
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I would actually run a DCDiag just to check where exactly the issue is before I carry on further
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by:footech
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When you say that all the entries are there - does _msdcs appear as a grayed-out icon (delegation) or a subdomain?  If it is a delegation then you should have a separate _msdcs zone.  If it is a subdomain then what you showed in your screenshot with your original question isn't a problem.
dcdiag /test:dns /v should reveal if there is an issue.
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by:crapshooter
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I ran dcdiag /test:dns /v and all tests passed.

Attached is the expanded view of the DNS.

I ran
ipconfig /registerdns
dcdiag /fix
nltest /dsregdns
ipconfig /flushdns
and all came up "passed" or "successful"

I guess I am OK then, eh?
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Yes, everything looks fine.
BTW, if you deleted your _msdcs subdomain, and created a separate _msdcs.<yourdomain.com> zone, then upon restart of the Netlogon service all the records in it should be automatically created.
Also, a little background - prior to Server 2003, _msdcs was created by default as a subdomain.  For any domains that were migrated to newer DCs this structure was not automatically changed, but when setting up a new domain with Server 2003+ by default _msdcs is created as a separate zone.
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Thanks for the help, all!
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