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DNS Server service cannot bind to port 53 in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Symptoms
Assume that you have a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The network connection is lost on the computer, and then the network is reconnected. In this situation, the DNS Server service (DNS.exe) becomes unavailable. Additionally, the DNS Server service cannot bind to port 53.
Cause
This issue occurs because of a timing issue in the DNS Server service when the service tries to enumerate and read the adapter addresses of the network adapters on the computer.

Resolution

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 the problem described in this article. 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 website: 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

To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
976932Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.1.760 1.22xxxWindows Server 2008 R2SP1LDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Cache.dnsNot applicable3,19805-Nov-201001:52
Dns.exe6.1.7601.22416699,39208-Aug-201301:27
Dnsserver.events.xmlNot applicable60905-Nov-201001:52
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File propertyValue
File nameAmd64_a394b06658913be9abbb0155d1bc2ab9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22416_none_61a0f48068cd4ac8.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size710
Date (UTC)08-Aug-2013
Time (UTC)12:42
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-dns-server-service_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.22416_none_acb76db006501517.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size158,131
Date (UTC)08-Aug-2013
Time (UTC)02:48
Properties

Article ID: 2875350 - Last Review: 10/09/2013 00:25:00 - Revision: 1.0

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

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