JSI Tip 0957. DNS error - System Error 2: "The system cannot find the file specified".


If you receive the subject error when starting DNS and your System Event Log contains:


   EventID: 1000
   Source: DNS
   Type: Error
   Description: DNS Server could not open the file dns\.
   The data is the error.
   Data: (grayed out)
   
   EventID: 1004
   Source: DNS
   Type: Error
   Description: DNS Server could not find or open database file dns\.
   Data: 0000: 02 00 00 00 (in bytes)
   
   EventID: 7023
   Source: Service Control Manager
   Type: Error
   Description: The Microsoft DNS Server service terminated with the
   following error: The system cannot find the file specified.
   Data: (grayed out)
browse to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNS\Zones

and verify that the keys and zone files match.

If they don't, either remove the zone subkey(s) mentioned in the Event log or create the zone file(s) at %SystemRoot%\system32\dns.

TAGS: Windows 8
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