DNS server freezes and doesn't respond to DNS requests in Windows Server 2012 R2

This article describes an issue in which a Domain Name System (DNS) server freezes and doesn't respond to DNS requests in Windows Server 2012 R2. A hotfix is available to fix this issue. Before you install this hotfix, see the Prerequisites section.
Symptoms
Assume that you're running Microsoft DNS Services on Windows Server 2012 R2-based computers in an Active Directory Forest. You notice that the DNS service on Windows Server 2012 R2-based DNS servers consumes increasing amounts of memory, and then memory leak occurs.

Additionally, the memory leaks by DNS may affect the performance of other components, services, and applications that are running on the same computer.

The Dnscmd cmdlet may show a signature that looks something like this:
Tagged Allocations:   None       Alloc       =          8       Free        =          7       InUse       =          1       Mem         =        160   UDP Packet       Alloc       =     922979       Free        =     513189       InUse       =     409,790                     Mem         = 2,966,879,600   TCP Packet       Alloc       =    2789088       Free        =    2624289       InUse       =     164799                
Note If there're lots of UDP or TCP packages, you may hit the leak.
Resolution
To fix this issue, we have released a hotfix for Windows Server 2012 R2.

Hotfix information

Important If you install a language pack after you install this hotfix, you must reinstall this hotfix. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this hotfix. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that's described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there's a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section doesn't appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to get 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 don't 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 don't see your language, it's because a hotfix isn't available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, install update 2919355 in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you don't have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix doesn't replace a previously released hotfix.
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
References
See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.
File Information
The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Notes
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.3.960 0.18 xxxWindows Server 2012 R2RTMGDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed in the "Additional file information" section. MUM, MANIFEST, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
x64 Windows Server 2012 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Cache.dnsNot applicable3,19818-Jun-201314:43Not applicable
Dns.exe6.3.9600.180081,734,65608-Aug-201514:14x64
Dnsserver.events.xmlNot applicable60918-Jun-201314:43Not applicable

Additional file information

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Article ID: 3082532 - Last Review: 07/28/2016 07:56:00 - Revision: 2.0

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