I've just taken over a small business network with 2 Windows servers. SRV2 (Server 2008 R2) is primarily a data backup for SRV1 (Server 2003); they're both DNS servers as well.

Our primary LAN addresses are 10.x.x.x. The servers are also directly linked by Ethernet crossover cables, 2 NICs teamed to produce a 2Gbps connection; these connections are assigned 192.168.x.x addresses. The crosslink is for backup purposes; naturally I want LAN access to the servers to be by the 10.x.x.x addresses. That's worked fine up to today.

But this morning I replaced one of the two crossover cables between the servers, because I discovered it had two wires swapped. When I took over, the crosslink was barely active, and showed a speed of 1.1Gbps. With a new cable the link speed jumped to 2Gbps and became substantially more active.

The problem is: Now any DNS lookup of SRV2 returns the 192.x address instead of the 10.x address.

I've deleted the A records for SRV2 from both servers; they get recreated for 192.x, but not for 10.x. "Register this connection's addresses in DNS" is unchecked for the 192.x interface, checked for the 10.x interface. Nonetheless the 192.x address is what keeps showing up in the forward lookup tables.

What should I do to ensure that DNS serves the 10.x address for SRV2 instead of the 192.x address?

Updates: 1) SRV2 ran a backup of SRV1 last night; it looks like most (maybe all) of the traffic went across the 1Gbps 10.x interface.

2) I manually added A records for SRV2's 10.x address to both servers; they disappeared overnight. I suppose I should have set time-to-live on the Win2003 server, but that wasn't an option on the Win2008 server.

3) netstat -no shows no connections between the servers on the 10.x interfaces, only on 192.x.

4) I found this question: Windows DNS keeps re-registering deleted ip addresses which seems related, so I checked where my DNS servers were listening. SRV1 is listening on all interfaces - no surprise. But SRV2 doesn't even show the 10.x interface in DNS server properties; it only has the 192.x interface (and the associated link-local IPv6 address).

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    Could be the binding order? In the Network Adapters page on the Control panel, hit Alt if you don't see the menu bar, and select "Advanced". You can then reorder the adapters in order of priority. – Jim G. Sep 25 '14 at 22:55
  • I'll try this and see what happens. Both servers currently list the 192.x crossover at the top, and the 10.x LAN link below at least 1 "unused" interface. Should I change the priority of both servers, or just SRV2? And will this affect how much the servers make use of the crossover? – Jay Davidson Sep 26 '14 at 14:42

Make sure that the NICs do not autocreate records in DNS (Which they do by default). enter image description here


You want DNS for only the 10. addresses not the 192's.
Are the DNS zones Active Directory Integrated, if so these servers are also DC's?
Or are the DNS zones primary/secondary, and if so, which is primary and which is secondary?

What service pack are these 2008 R2 servers?
You may need this hotfix if it wasn't included in the service pack.
See http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2386184

What is the output of:

Netsh int ipv4 show ipaddresses level=verbose

If the "skipassource" value for the 192's is not true invoke:

Netsh int ipv4 add address <Interface Name> <ip address> skipassource=true
  • Just to clarify: The 10.x and 192.x addresses are on separate physical NICs. Only the two servers have 192.x addresses assigned. DNS is AD-integrated. Both servers are DCs. SRV2 is Server 2008 R2 SP1. If I understand, the SkipAsSource flag blocks output on that IP unless an application specifically binds to it. That doesn't seem to fit this situation. I want the servers to use the 192.x interface at will between themselves; I simply don't want LAN workstations getting served the 192.x addresses (which they can't reach). – Jay Davidson Sep 26 '14 at 16:35
  • SkipAsSource controls the DNS registration. Checkbox may be the equivalent. If it is equivalent, NEITHER method prevents DNS registration without the hotfix. – Clayton Sep 26 '14 at 17:03

It looks like my question should have been "Why doesn't the 10.x address appear in DNS" instead of "Why does the 192.x address appear?" In the end, I was able to set the interfaces the DNS servers listened upon, as in the question I linked above.

Some combination of unplugging and replugging the crossover cables, restarting the DNS Server service on SRV2, and closing and reopening the DNS Manager program on SRV2 caused the properties for DNS Server to start showing both network interfaces, not just the 192.x one. I unselected the 192.x interface from the listening list for both SRV1 and SRV2 and now only their 10.x addresses appear. Why didn't the 10.x interface appear on SRV2 before? I still don't know.

(Now I'm trying to figure out how my Backup Exec setup is affected by all this, but that's outside the scope of this question.)

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