DNS Registry Key Not Updated When Changing Zone Type

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If you create a secondary zone and then change that zone to primary, the registry is not updated to reflect the change. The next time you restart the DNS server, you receive an error message stating that the primary DNS address is missing. In this instance the DNS server does not start. Also, the Cache.dns file may be overwritten with a blank file, causing you to lose name resolution outside your zone of authority.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT version 4.0. For more information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 152734
TITLE : How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack
The Microsoft DNS Server has been modified to correctly write back the Zone Type key to reflect the correct role of the zone.

For your convenience, the English version of this post-SP3 hotfix has been posted to the following Internet location. However, Microsoft recommends that you install Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 to correct this problem.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.


Article ID: 154985 - Last Review: October 1, 2013 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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