How Do I Find the DNS Query Log in Windows Server?

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Larry Thompson

How Do I Find the DNS Query Log in Windows Server?

As a Windows Server administrator, it is important to have access to the DNS query log. The DNS query log contains valuable information about the requests made to the Domain Name System (DNS) server, helping you troubleshoot issues and analyze network activity. In this tutorial, we will explore how to find and access the DNS query log in Windows Server.

Step 1: Open Event Viewer

The first step is to open the Event Viewer on your Windows Server. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type eventvwr.msc and press Enter.
  3. The Event Viewer window will open.

Step 2: Navigate to DNS Events

In the Event Viewer window, you will see a navigation pane on the left side. Follow these steps to navigate to the DNS events:

  1. In the navigation pane, expand Windows Logs.
  2. Select System.
  3. In the Actions pane on the right side, click on Filter Current Log...
  4. The Filter Current Log window will appear.
  5. In the list of event sources, check the box next to DNS Server.
  6. Click on the OK button.

Step 3: View the DNS Query Log

Now that you have filtered the log to show only DNS events, you can easily access the DNS query log. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Event Viewer window, you will see a list of events.
  2. Scroll through the list and look for events with Event ID 5504.
  3. These events indicate DNS query logs.
  4. You can click on any event to view its details.

Step 4: Export the DNS Query Log (Optional)

If you need to share or analyze the DNS query log outside of Event Viewer, you can export it as a file. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the desired event from the list.
  2. In the Actions pane on the right side, click on Save Selected Events.
  3. The Save As dialog box will appear.
  4. Choose a location to save the file and provide a name for it.
  5. Select your preferred format (e.g., CSV or XML) from the “Save as type” dropdown menu.
  6. Click on the Save button.

Conclusion

Accessing and analyzing the DNS query log in Windows Server is essential for network troubleshooting and monitoring. By following these simple steps, you can easily find and access the DNS query log using Event Viewer.

Remember that exporting the log can be useful if you need to share it or perform further analysis outside of Event Viewer. Stay informed about your network activity and keep your Windows Server running smoothly!