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Event ID 3152 — DNS Server Service Status

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The DNS Server service responds to requests from DNS client computers for name resolution services. Domain Name System (DNS) is a protocol that enables a computer to obtain the numeric IP address of another computer by submitting the target computer's name to a DNS server. Problems with the DNS Server service can cause network performance to degrade or even prevent network computers from being able to locate each other.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 3152
Source: Microsoft-Windows-DNS-Server-Service
Version: 6.0
Message: The DNS server was unable to open file %1 for write. Most likely the file is a zone file that is already open. Close the zone file and re-initiate zone write.


Close the open file

Close the locked open file, and then try the operation again. To close the locked file, close any applications that might be using the file, and then try the operation again.

If it is not possible to determine which process holds the lock, or to force the process to release the lock, restart the computer to release the lock.

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

To restart the computer:

  • Click Start, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.

To verify that the DNS Server service has started:

  1. On the DNS server, start Server Manager.
  2. In the console tree, expand Roles, and then click DNS Server.

The System Services list shows the state of the DNS Server service.


To verify that the DNS Server service is running properly, ensure that the DNS Server event log contains Event ID 2 and that the event log does not contain the following Domain Name System (DNS) error events:

  • 111
  • 403-407
  • 1001
  • 3151-3153
  • 6533
  • 7502-7504

DNS Server Service Status

DNS Infrastructure