DNS: The DNS server configured on the adapter <adapter name> should resolve the name of this computer

Updated: October 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer or Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the DNS Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer or DNS 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, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012








The DNS server on did not successfully resolve the name of the address record for this computer.

A DNS server configured on the network adapter was unable to resolve the host name of this DNS server.


The DNS server might be unavailable on the network.

Client computers might be unable to locate this DNS server on the network.


Configure DNS servers on the network adapter that can resolve names in the host domain.

Confirm that the DNS server is registering its host name in DNS. Also verify that the DNS servers configured on the network adapter are able to resolve the host name of the DNS server.

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete these procedures. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477).

To verify DNS registration settings

  1. Click Start, click Run, type control netconnections, and then press ENTER. The Network Connections control panel will open.

  2. Right-click the network connection specified by this rule, and then click Properties.

  3. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or click Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), and then click Properties.


The setting to register the connection’s addresses in DNS is a global setting that affects both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses on the network interface.

  1. Click Advanced, click the DNS tab, and then verify that the Register this connection’s addresses in DNS checkbox is selected.

  2. Click OK twice, and then click Close.

To verify host name resolution

  1. Open a command prompt.

  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    nslookup <Host> <Server>
Value Description


The command-line tool for querying DNS servers.


Required. Specifies the fully qualified domain (FQDN) name of the local DNS server.


Required. Specifies the name or IP address of the DNS server configured on the network adapter.