The Host Name Could Not be Resolved in DNS

Topic Last Modified: 2011-11-09

The Microsoft Analyzer Tool performs a Domain Name System (DNS) lookup to retrieve the Host (A) record of the host name provided. If the DNS lookup operation does not return an IP address, then the Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer displays the following error message:

"The host name could not be resolved in DNS."

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To correct this error, do the following.

  • Use nslookup to verify that the Host (A) record exists on the DNS server. For more information, see To verify A resource records exist in DNS.

  • If the Host (A) resource record does not exist or is incorrect, then manually add or modify the host record. If your external DNS zone is hosted by a third party, you may have to contact that company or use custom tools to make these DNS modifications.

For information about how to troubleshoot DNS, see Troubleshooting DNS.

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