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Test a query on the DNS server

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

To insure that Domain Name System (DNS) name resolution is functioning according to specifications, you can perform periodic testing with the following procedure.

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.

Testing a query on the DNS server

To test a query on the DNS server
  1. Open the DNS snap-in.

  2. In the console tree, click the applicable DNS server.

  3. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  4. Click the Monitoring tab.

  5. To test a simple query, under Select a test type, select the A simple query against this DNS server check box.


    To test a recursive query, under Select a test type, select the A recursive query to other DNS servers check box.

  6. Click Test Now.

To open the DNS snap-in, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

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