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Select and enable debug logging options on the DNS server

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

To select and enable debug logging options on the DNS server

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable DNS server, then click Properties.

  3. Click the Debug Logging tab.

  4. Select Log packets for debugging, and then select the events that you want the DNS server to record for debug logging.


  • 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 Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open DNS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DNS.

  • To set the debug logging options, you must first select Log packets for debugging.

  • To get useful debug logging output you need to select a Packet direction, a Transport protocol and at least one more option.

  • In addition to selecting events for the DNS debug log file, you can specify the file name, location, and maximum file size for the file.

  • Using debug logging options slows DNS server performance. For this reason, all debug logging options are disabled by default.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Disable debug logging options on the DNS server
Using server debug logging options