Active Directory DNS queries not pointing to 3rd DNS Server

John 61 Reputation points
2023-02-25T07:15:13.57+00:00

I have an active directory domain services role plus DNS installed in a Windows Server 2016 STD in a VM of Hypver-V with the domain name of xyz.net, The Hypver-V is hosted in physical machine of DELL PowerEdge R750 and I have 2 other additional domain controllers also which secondary additional domain controller is in same network subnet with primary domain controller location head office, but the 3rd Additional domain controller is in our DR site which is in a different network different location, but they are all sync with each other and has no issue.

The problem is whenever we down the primary and secondary domain controller for testing which are in same network the DNS traffic/queries are not going automatically to 3rd additional domain controller which we have in our DR site its pointing to head office primary domain controller.

I did ipconfig/flushdns and ipconfig/registerdns and did a restart of the client PC also waited for 5 minutes, but still whenever I was tracert our domain xyz.net it was pointing to primary DNS.

How to point automatically my clients DNS queries to 3rd additional domain controller when my primary and secondary domain controllers are down.

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  1. Thameur-BOURBITA 32,606 Reputation points
    2023-02-25T07:53:13.5433333+00:00

    Hi @John

    You can add 3 DNS IP in IP settings client machine:

    Windows 10 DNS multiple addresses

    When the first DNS IP is not available the client PC will try to contact the second IP and if the second IP is not available the client PC will contact the 3rd IP.

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP
    2023-02-25T14:00:06.8466667+00:00

    You can add the third (or more) domain controller / DNS server addresses to your DHCP server to hand out. Then do an

    ipconfig /renew
    

    on the clients.

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  3. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP
    2023-02-26T14:04:10.0633333+00:00

    Then if you did an

    ipconfig /all
    

    on the problem member you should see it listed for DNS. Also check the required ports are open between sites.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-server/identity/config-firewall-for-ad-domains-and-trusts#windows-server-2008-and-later-versions

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