"DNS query failed" error when an email message is stuck in the Draft folder in an Exchange Server 2013 environment

Symptoms

Assume that you have a computer that is a member of a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 environment. You do not have the Register this connection's addresses in DNS check box selected on the DNS tab of the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box of TCP/IPv4. In this situation, the email messages are stuck in the Drafts folder.

Additionally, when you check the transport queue, you can see an error message that resembles the following:
4.4.0 DNS query failed. The error was: DNS query failed with error ErrorRetry.

Cause

This issue occurs because the DNS service cannot be used if the Register this connection's addresses in DNS check box is not selected in an Exchange Server 2013 environment.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, you can use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Select the "Register this connection's addresses in DNS" check box

On your computer, select the Register this connection's addresses in DNS check box on the DNS tab of the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box of TCP/IPv4.

Method 2: Enable the DNS service by using a registry key

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then select the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netbt\Parameters
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Type EnableDNS, and then press Enter.
  5. In the Details pane, right-click EnableDNS, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  7. Exit Registry Editor.
  8. Restart the Microsoft Exchange Transport service.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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Article ID: 3007623 - Last Review: Oct 20, 2014 - Revision: 1

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