AD DS: This domain controller must register its DNS host A/AAAA records

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 that map from the fully qualified DNS domain name to the IPv4 or IPv6 addresses are not registered on this domain controller. All domain controllers must register these records.


Other member computers and domain controllers in the domain or forest will 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 the server is configured to register the appropriate 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 (