This article was previously published under Q256067
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A member of the DNSADMINS group may not be able to view any of the zone information on a given DNS server. When a member of this group attempts to add a zone, the following error message is displayed:
Mmc.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created.
A Dr. Watson log and user dump file are generated that show an access violation in Dnsmgr.dll.
In addition, if you attempt to connect to the DNS server remotely by using the DNS Manager snap-in in Microsoft Management Console (MMC), the following error message is returned:
Access was denied. Would you like to add it anyway?
This problem can occur under the following circumstances:
The user who is attempting to view the configured DNS zones in the DNS Manager snap-in is a member of the DNSADMINS group.
Permissions have been modified on the DNS server from Full Control to Read for the DNSADMINS group.
The logged-on user has not been granted Full Control permissions individually or through another group.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes
Note that the Microsoft Windows 2000 DNS white paper recommends on page 23 changing the DNSADMINS group to Read permissions for more granular administrative control over a DNS server. Apply the fix specified in this article prior to implementing that change.