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Check the DNS server debug log file

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Administrative credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using the Run as command to perform this procedure.

Checking the DNS server debug log file

To check the DNS server debug log file
  1. Stop the DNS Server service.

  2. Open WordPad.

  3. On the File menu, click Open.

  4. In Open, for File name, specify the path to the Domain Name System (DNS) server debug log file.

    By default, if the applicable DNS server is running locally, the file and path are as follows:

    systemroot\System32\Dns\Dns.log

  5. After you specify the correct path and file, click Open to view the log file.

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