AD DS: This domain controller must register its DNS host A/AAAA records with correct IP addresses

Updated: August 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the Active Directory Domain Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer (

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012


Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)






The Domain Name System (DNS) host (A/AAAA) resource records for this domain controller's fully qualified domain name currently map to the IPv4 or IPv6 addresses that do not belong to this domain controller.


Other member computers and domain controllers in the domain or forest might not be able to locate this domain controller. This domain controller will not be able to provide a full suite of services.


Ensure that the DNS Client service on this domain controller is configured and able to register valid host (A/AAAA) resource records with an authoritative DNS server for the domain.

Troubleshoot the DNS Client service on the local computer. Then, if the registration problems are not identified and resolved, troubleshoot the DNS server or servers to which the DNS client settings point. For more information about troubleshooting the DNS Client service, see DNS Client (

Additional references

For more information, see Troubleshooting DNS clients ( and Troubleshooting DNS Servers (