DNS: Interface <adapter name> on the DNS server should be configured to register its IP addresses in DNS

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 interface <Adapter name> is not configured to register its addresses in DNS.

The checkbox Register this connection’s addresses in DNS is not enabled in advanced TCP/IP settings on the network adapter. This interface will not register its IP address in DNS, which can cause DNS resolution errors.


IP addresses on the interface will not be automatically registered in DNS.

If the network interface on a DNS server is not configured to register in DNS, client computers may not be able to locate the DNS server on the network.


Configure the interface <Adapter name> to register the connection's addresses in DNS.

The Register this connection’s addresses in DNS checkbox is specific to the DNS suffix of the network connection. The DNS server will register its hostname in DNS for its primary domain whether or not this checkbox is enabled. If the DNS server is joined to a domain, it will register with DNS. If the DNS server is not joined to a domain, you might need to enable this setting.

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 register the network connection’s addresses in DNS using the Windows interface

  1. On the DNS server, click Start, click Run, type control netconnections and then press ENTER.

  2. Right-click the network connection you wish to configure, and then click Properties.

  3. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click Properties.


If you configure this setting in IPv4 it configures the same setting for IPv6, and vice-versa.

  1. Click Advanced, and on the DNS tab click the checkbox next to Register this connection’s addresses in DNS.

  2. Click OK twice, and then click Close.

Additional considerations

The RegistrationEnabled registry entry specifies that the DNS client service should register all of the network connections of a computer in DNS. This is a global setting that is applied to all interfaces on a computer. If you need to apply this setting to an individual interface, configure the registry entry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters \Interfaces\{interfaceGUID}. The DNS administrator might also wish to restrict some interfaces from registering in DNS.

See Also

Other Resources

IPv4 and IPv6 Advanced DNS tab