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Posted on 2014-01-13
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My DNS server keeps showing the following error in event log:

Log Name:      DNS Server
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-DNS-Server-Service
Date:          2014/01/13 09:46:56
Event ID:      4007
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      PDC.domain.za
Description:
The DNS server was unable to open zone _msdcs.domain.sw in the Active Directory from the application directory partition ForestDnsZones.domain.sw. This DNS server is configured to obtain and use information from the directory for this zone and is unable to load the zone without it. Check that the Active Directory is functioning properly and reload the zone. The event data is the error code.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-DNS-Server-Service" Guid="{71A551F5-C893-4849-886B-B5EC8502641E}" EventSourceName="DNS" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="49152">4007</EventID>
    <Version>0</Version>
    <Level>2</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Opcode>0</Opcode>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2014-01-13T07:46:56.000Z" />
    <EventRecordID>415</EventRecordID>
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
    <Channel>DNS Server</Channel>
    <Computer>CSMPDC.domain.za</Computer>
    <Security />
  </System>
  <EventData Name="DNS_EVENT_DS_REGISTRY_DP_INVALID">
    <Data Name="param1">_msdcs.domain.sw</Data>
    <Data Name="param2">ForestDnsZones.domain.sw</Data>
    <Binary>0D000000</Binary>
  </EventData>
</Event>

As you can see my actual domain is domain.za and NOT domain.sw. I went to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DNS Server\Zones and found this 'ghost' zone there.

Is it safe for me to just delete this zone?
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Was your domain renamed or is it in the process of being renamed? If it was renamed, was the process ever completed?
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This happened a while ago, there domain.sw was removed (dcpromo) and a new domain was created.
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You can safely delete the zone then.
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Thanks
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Glad to help.
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