How to Enable DNS Query Logging and Parse Log File on Windows Server?


Scott Campbell

Are you looking to enable DNS query logging and parse the log file on your Windows Server? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. Let’s get started!

Enabling DNS Query Logging

If you want to keep track of the DNS queries made on your Windows Server, enabling DNS query logging is the way to go. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Open DNS Manager: Launch the DNS Manager by clicking on the Start menu, typing “DNS Manager,” and selecting it from the search results.
  2. Select your server: Under the DNS Manager, expand the server name that represents your Windows Server.
  3. Access Properties: Right-click on “Logging” and select “Properties.” This will open the DNS Server Properties window.
  4. Enable logging: In the General tab of the DNS Server Properties window, check the box next to “Log packets for debugging.

  5. Select log file location: Choose a folder where you want to store your log files by clicking on “Browse” next to “Log file directory. “
  6. Determine log file settings: Specify other log file settings, such as maximum log file size and whether to overwrite existing files or create new ones when reaching the maximum size.
  7. Save changes: Click on “OK” to save your changes and enable DNS query logging.

Parsing Log Files

To analyze and interpret the logged DNS queries effectively, you need to parse the log files. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Open Event Viewer: Press the Windows key, type “Event Viewer,” and open it from the search results.
  2. Navigate to DNS events: In the Event Viewer window, expand “Windows Logs” in the left pane and select “DNS Server.”
  3. Filter DNS events: To filter the log entries related to DNS queries, click on “Filter Current Log” in the Actions pane on the right.
  4. Select event types: In the Filter Current Log window, select “Information” and check the box next to “Don’t show information events.”
  5. Add query filter: Click on the “XML” tab and enter “” in the text box.
  6. Save filter settings: Click on “OK” to save your filter settings.
  7. Analyze DNS queries: You can now view and analyze the parsed DNS queries in the middle pane of Event Viewer.

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled DNS query logging and learned how to parse log files on your Windows Server.

Now you can monitor and analyze DNS activity effectively. Happy troubleshooting!

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