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We have an 2K3 R2 AD server. It is also serves as our DNS server.

When I look at the DNS entries I see the following: enter image description here

do I really need all these entries?

I currently have a problem that my AD can not access the internet. From SF-Q I can guess it has to do with my dns entries, and I think that fixing that will solve my network access.

Running NetDiag /l shows me an error in the DNS entry as follow

DNS test . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Failed
      [WARNING] Cannot find a primary authoritative DNS server for the name
        'OptiTexDC.optitex.'. [ERROR_TIMEOUT]
        The name 'OptiTexDC.optitex.' may not be registered in DNS.
[WARNING] The DNS entries for this DC are not registered correctly on DNS server ''. Please wait for 30 minutes for DNS server replication.
   [WARNING] The DNS entries for this DC cannot be verified right now on DNS server, ERROR_TIMEOUT. 
[FATAL] No DNS servers have the DNS records for this DC registered.

I want to point, all of my users/computers et el. can access the internet.

I am not really sure what to do?!

<< edit >> DNS management forwaders are defined as my ISP provider gave me. This usually propogates to all users. enter image description here Should I add my DC ( as one as well?

This is a ipcnofig /all from a client. Both my ISP DNS are listed, as well as my Domain. enter image description here

Adding some more information: Looking at the Server Event viewer, Under DNS, I see the following:

Event Type: Warning
Event Source:   DNS
Event Category: None
Event ID:   7062
Date:       8/10/2011
Time:       16:03:03
User:       N/A
Computer:   OPTITEXDC
The DNS server encountered a packet addressed to itself on IP address The     packet is for the DNS name "localhost.OPTITEX.OPTITEX.". The packet will be discarded. This condition usually indicates a configuration error. 

Check the following areas for possible self-send configuration errors: 
  1) Forwarders list. (DNS servers should not forward to themselves). 
  2) Master lists of secondary zones. 
  3) Notify lists of primary zones. 
  4) Delegations of subzones.  Must not contain NS record for this DNS server unless     subzone is also on this server. 
  5) Root hints. 

Example of self-delegation: 
  -> This DNS server is the primary for the zone 
  -> The zone contains a delegation of to, 
  ( NS 
  -> BUT the zone is NOT on this server. 

Note, you should make this delegation check (with nslookup or DNS manager) both on this DNS server and on the server(s) you delegated the subzone to. It is possible that the delegation was done correctly, but that the primary DNS for the subzone, has any incorrect NS record pointing back at this server. If this incorrect NS record is cached at this server, then the self-send could result.  If found, the subzone DNS server admin should remove the offending NS record. 

You can use the DNS server debug logging facility to track down the cause of this problem.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
Data: 0000: 50 25 00 00               P%..    
  • I visited the link provided. Did not help me.

<< edit - Add Server connection settings >> I am also adding my server network settings. I don't think I can make these settings dynamically from DHCP as I am the DHCP. I do have set as a DNS - my own IP, and 1 of my ISP's. Do I need to change? enter image description here

Checklist: Both DNS Client and DNS Server are working on the server. enter image description here


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I don't see a domain "OptiTexDC.optitex"; which is probably why netdiag can't find it... Sounds like something is screwed up; was there another domain in the past? – Chris S Aug 10 '11 at 12:36
no other domain in the past. – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 12:49
What I did in the past is add the ISP DNS's. I had my own listed once as well. – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 12:55

You don't have to use forwarders. The Microsoft DNS server is capable of resolving via root hints "out of the box". Having said that, you can use forwarders, too.

You should only have an Active Directory DNS server specified as the DNS server for all domain members (including DCs, member servers, and client PCs). According to your ipconfig output above you've got ISP DNS server specified in DHCP to be handed out to clients. That's not good. Clients should only be using the AD DNS server. Make sure that you don't have the ISP DNS server specified for any devices with static IP addresses (including all DCs and servers).

The netdiag output makes me think that you don't have the DC set to be its own DNS server (with no other DNS servers specified). I'd make sure you've got that set and do a net stop netlogon and net start netlogon, followed by an ipconfig /registerdns and, finally, re-run the netdiag and see how bad it looks.

Use nslookup and check queries for Internet names against your DC's DNS server (use the command server in nslookup to be sure the queries are running against the DC's DNS server). If it won't resolve Internet names using nslookup double-check your firewall (and sniff traffic there as necessary) to be sure that DNS queries from the DC are being allowed out onto the Internet and replies are coming back.

As an aside: YIKES! You've got a single-label DNS name (OptiTex). If this is a new domain and a new installation you'll do yourself a MAJOR favor to change this to a multi-label DNS name now. (There are some good questions on Server Fault about AD domain naming, including:

Single-label AD DNS domain names are bad news! Microsoft recommends against them because some applications don't support them and migration away can become impossible (meaning that you'll have to throw away the entire AD forest and start over).

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Is root hints vs forwarders more of a personal choice, or is there a best practice? This KB seems to indicate that it would be better to use forwarders (I'm assuming depending on how large your network is). – Nixphoe Aug 10 '11 at 13:25
Thanks for a detailed answer. I will try to act step by step, and see what will solve my problem: 1. Can I delete both forward zones than? the optitex and _msdsc.optitex ? just like that? – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 13:27
@Saariko: You don't want to delete those zones! They're necessary for Active Directory to function properly. – Evan Anderson Aug 10 '11 at 13:28
@evan_anderson As for my single-label domain - That's all I have. A local domain in my intranet, no forest, no delegates, no clones. I guess it's the simplest of all domains, so I never figured i need to do the name – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 13:28
@Nixphoe: I suppose it's personal choice. I've had bad experiences with ISPs who can't keep basic services (like DNS) running so I prefer to root-resolve versus relying the ISP. You could argue that forwarding to the ISP is friendlier because it allows their DNS caches to minimize traffic to other DNS servers (saving on bandwidth and DNS server resources), but I'd rather have reliable DNS than be a bit "friendly" with such small amounts of traffic. – Evan Anderson Aug 10 '11 at 13:29

Your AD clients and servers, including all DCs should have only AD DNS servers in their client DNS setup. The only question is whether the DNS server has forwarders or resolves root hints on its own. My preference is to use forwarders to my ISP, OpenDNS or google so that this work is offloaded to a well run DNS.

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If I have forwarders set on my DC in DNS management, don't they get set to my clients? According to what you say, if on a client I write: ipconfig /all - all I need to see in DNS is my DC IP? – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 14:06
I have edited my Q with the settings of the network on my server. I have DNS settings there, but it's my own IP as well. So I am even more confused now. do I need to remove these settings? – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 14:11
@Saariko: The DNS clients (including the server) should only have your internal DNS server set as their DNS server, and that should be reflected when you run ipconfig/all. You should see only your internal DNS server listed. The DNS server's forwarders are for the DNS server component to use to forward requests to for DNS zones that it's not authoratative for. The forwarders do not need to be, and should not be, set as the DNS servers for any internal computer, including the DNS server itself. The DNS server component and the DNS client component on the server are independent components. – joeqwerty Aug 10 '11 at 14:20
The DNS client component on the server is a client to the DNS server component on the server, but they're 2 independent components. If that idea is confusing, then when you're configuring the DNS client component on the server just forget that it's also the DNS server and configure it as you would every other DNS client on your network... it should only point to your internal DNS server (which is itself) for DNS. – joeqwerty Aug 10 '11 at 14:23
@joequwerty by forwarders I guess you mean the DNS IP's i got from my ISP? – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 14:24

Check that you have forwarders setup in your DNS server.

Open your DNS Management, right click on your Server and go to Properties. Go to the Forwarders Tab, make sure you have your DNS servers listed there. enter image description here

Also look at this Microsoft KB to see if this fixes your issue with the dcdiag error

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The OP could use the root hints rather than forwarders, which is the default setting for an install of the DNS service. – joeqwerty Aug 10 '11 at 12:37
I edited my Q with the DNS management data. The DNS there are what my ISP provided. Do I need to add my DC as well? – Saariko Aug 10 '11 at 12:52
@Saariko No, you're good – Nixphoe Aug 10 '11 at 12:57
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I found the error (off course it's me) for some reason, the default gateway on the server was set to it's own ( while it should be - !!!

I will also check all other settings, and make sure all works well. thanks for all your tips, and support.

I still have the problem with my netdiag /l but I will start a new Q for that.

Thanks again

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