Windows Server

The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DS) for domain: Error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR

A DNS query (also known as a DNS request) is a demand for information sent from a user’s computer (DNS client) to a DNS server. When prompted with the following error as show below “The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DS) for domain: Error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR”.

This is a DNS issue, no doubt! Use this guide for the different types of DNS records. When you search on the internet, you may find conflicting tips. In my environment, here are some tips I followed to resolve this issue.

Here are my recommendations below
1: Ensure the client(s) IP parameters (preferred DNS Server) set on the client machine points to the DNS points to internal DNS servers as DNS servers. See a similar error “The following errors occurred attempting to join the domain: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted“.

As you can see, it was pointing to a wrong IP Address (gateway).

Therefore, I will have to corrected the information.


2: Ensure the DNS server has the right IP address of itself populated for all zones and records. A similar idea was used in resolving this issue “How to fix nslookup unknown: cannot find non-existent domain“.

After ensuring the above two recommendations are met, flush the DNS cache and registered the DNS again using the command below on the DNS server and restart the DNS and netlogon service. You can optionally restart your DNS server. for other DNS troubleshooting parameters, see this link.

ipconfig /registerdns
net stop netlogon
net start netlogon

Now, you should e able to join your device to the domain as shown below. For how to set up a domain, see the following link. Also for how to add a second DC, see the following link. For how to join a PC to a Domain, see the following link.

Note: You will be prompted to restart your device as shown below. Proceed and have it restarted.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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