Event ID 11161 — DNS Client Registration

Updated: November 25, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

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A computer that is configured to use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to obtain IP addresses can automatically register its IP address and Domain Name System (DNS) name with the DNS server that is authoritative for the zone that hosts its domain. This eliminates the need for an administrator to manage host (A or AAAA) resource records for client computers. Problems with automatic registration do not prevent a computer from accessing the network, but they can prevent other network computers from being able to locate the computer.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 11161
Source: DnsApi
Version: 6.1
Symbolic Name: EVENT_DNSAPI_PTR_REGISTRATION_FAILED_OTHER
Message: Because of an unexpected problem, the system failed to register pointer (PTR) resource records for the network adapter with these settings:

Adapter Name : %1
Host Name: %2
Adapter-specific Domain Suffix: %3
DNS server list:
%4
Sent update to server: %5
IP Address: %6

The update request that was sent to the specified DNS server timed out. This is probably because the authoritative DNS server for the name being registered is not running.

You can manually retry DNS registration of the network adapter and its settings by typing "ipconfig /registerdns" at the command prompt. If problems still persist, contact your DNS server or network systems administrator. For specific error code information, see the record data below.

Resolve

Retry DNS registration

When your computer is assigned a new network address automatically, it attempts to notify the DNS server of the change of address. A problem occurred when your computer made this attempt. Often, this is a transient condition, although it can indicate a problem with the DNS server. This condition rarely causes problems for your computer unless you share resources such as folders or printers.

Although it is not necessary, you can direct your computer to try the DNS registration again.

To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To register your computer's address with the DNS server:

  1. On the DNS client computer, open a command prompt. To open an elevated Command Prompt window, click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. At the command prompt, type ipconfig /registerdns, and then press ENTER.

If the problem persists, contact your network administrator and provide the information in the event message. If you are a network administrator, see Troubleshooting Dynamic Updates (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=103842) for information about troubleshooting DNS registration.

Verify

Use the ipconfig /registerdns command to register the computer's network name and address with a DNS server and then check the event log for errors.

To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To register the computer's network name and address with a DNS server:

  1. On the DNS client, open a command prompt. To open an elevated Command Prompt window, click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    ipconfig /registerdns

Wait 15 minutes, and then check the event log to verify that a DNSapi event with an ID in the range 11150 through 11167 was not logged after you ran the command.

Related Management Information

DNS Client Registration

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