The WMI DNS provider may create DNS resource records that are initialized with a TTL of 0 on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1

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SYMPTOMS

On a computer that is running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Domain Name System (DNS) provider may create DNS resource records that are initialized with a Time to Live (TTL) of 0. However, the zone default TTL value is 3600.

RESOLUTION

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

Before you install this hotfix on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003, you must first install hotfix 840529.

Restart requirement

You must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix replaces hotfix 840529.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003, 32-bit versions

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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dnsprov.dll5.2.3790.426179,20015-Oct-200507:57x86

Windows Server 2003, 32-bit versions with Service Pack 1

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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dnsprov.dll5.2.3790.2549187,90415-Oct-200508:13x86

Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions with Service Pack 1

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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformService branch
Dnsprov.dll5.2.3790.2549311,80814-Oct-200518:32x64Not Applicable
Wdnsprov.dll5.2.3790.2549187,90414-Oct-200518:32x86WOW

Windows Server 2003, Itanium-based versions

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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformService branch
Dnsprov.dll5.2.3790.426566,78414-Oct-200518:32IA-64Not Applicable
Wdnsprov.dll5.2.3790.426179,20014-Oct-200518:32x86WOW

Windows Server 2003, Itanium-based versions with Service Pack 1

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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Dnsprov.dll5.2.3790.2549587,77614-Oct-200518:32IA-64SP1Not Applicable
Wdnsprov.dll5.2.3790.2549187,90414-Oct-200518:32x86SP1WOW

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, create a new host Address (A) resource record with the WMI DNS provider. Then, change the TTL value from 0 to the zone default TTL value 3600. To do this, use the Modify method of the MicrosoftDNS_AType class.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.

MORE INFORMATION

The TTL property of a host Address (A) resource record is the time period, in seconds, that the resource record can be cached by other DNS servers or by a program. The resource record is cached by other DNS servers or by a program. When you set a record’s TTL value to 0, this instructs programs and DNS servers not to cache the record. Because not caching the record affects performance, this is not a recommended configuration.

The Modify method of the MicrosoftDNS_AType class updates the TTL and the Internet Protocol (IP) address of a host Address (A) resource record. This method makes these updates by applying the values that are specified as the input parameters of this method. If a new value for a parameter is not specified, the current value for the parameter is not changed. This method returns a reference to the modified object as an output parameter.

If the value of the TTL input parameter is the same as the current TTL value of the resource record, the Modify method of the MicrosoftDNS_AType class call generates a "Generic Failure" error. This error has an extended error status that is similar to the following:
DNS_RECORD_ALREADY_EXISTS
The hotfix that this article describes makes sure that all newly created resource records are initialized with the zone default TTL value of 3600. Also, the Modify method of the MicrosoftDNS_AType class can be used to set the TTL value of existing records to 0, to non-zero values, to the zone default value by specifying a TTL of 0xFFFFFFFF (4294967295). For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 908865 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
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