Security Event 12293 with error 0x80072338 registering KMS host record

This article provides a resolution to fix the event ID 12293 that occurs when setting up a KMS host.

Original product version:   Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number:   2553863


When setting up a KMS host, you may receive the following Event ID in the application event log on the KMS host.

Source: Security-SPP
Event ID: 12293
Publishing the Key Managment Service (KMS) to DNS in the domain failed.
Info: 0x80072338

DNS signature failed to verify.


This error can occur if the KMS host doesn't have permissions to edit the existing _VLMCS SRV record in DNS.


Use the following steps to change the permissions to allow the new KMS host to update the record.

  1. In DNS goto Forward Lookup Zones\\_tcp.
  2. Locate the _VLMCS record
  3. Right click, choose properties
  4. On security tab, add the new KMS host computer name with Full Control
  5. Restart sppssvc or slsvc service on KMS host


These are instructions specific to Microsoft DNS server. If you're using a third party DNS server, consult your documentation for how to change permissions.

More information

SRV records in DNS use the record name as the ID for all records of that type. The first KMS host to create a record named VLMCS.TCP becomes the Creator/Owner of SRV records with that name. Other KMS can't publish SRV records in that zone with that name until given permission to do so.

The _VLMCS SRV record can be thought as an array with single name. In a default DDNS configuration, any machine can create a unique SRV record. Once a _VLMCS record exists, no other computer has the rights to change that record. The second and later KMS hosts create the SRV records with the same name. The SRV record design allows a DNS admin to explicitly and control which machines are allowed to advertise services in the DNS zone.

When publishing to DNS is successful, the KMS host will log an Event ID 12294 in the application event log.