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You use a dial-up or a virtual private network (VPN) connection to connect to a Routing and Remote Access server. However, the list of Domain Name System (DNS) servers that is stored on the Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008-based Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) client computer is in reverse order.
For example, when you connect to the Routing and Remote Access server, the DHCP server sends the DNS IP addresses in the preferred order:
However, if you view the TCP/IP protocol properties on the client computer, the DNS IP addresses appear in the following order:
This problem may cause excessive WAN traffic or poor DNS performance.
This problem occurs because the Remote Access Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) component (Rasppp.dll) writes the DNS IP addresses to the client registry in reverse order.
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 Web site:
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.
Important Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only one of these products may be listed on the “Hotfix Request” page. To request the hotfix package that applies to both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, just select the product that is listed on the page.
No prerequisites are required to install this hotfix.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
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 item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes
The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
6.0.600 0 . 20 xxx
6.0.600 1 . 22 xxx
Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP1
Service Pack 1 is integrated into Windows Server 2008. Therefore, RTM milestone files apply only to Windows Vista. RTM milestone files have a 6.0.0000.xxxxxx version number.
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and MUM files (.mum) installed for each environment are listed separately. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are critical to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files (attributes not listed) are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
840629 The DNS search order is reversed on the DHCP client in Windows 2000 and Windows XP
Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista