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Event ID: 5744 Source: Netlogon

Registration of the DNS record ' 600 IN SRV 0 100 389' failed with the following error: <error message>

Error message: DNS server unable to interpret format.  
Error message: DNS operation refused.

This error was occuring every time a user logged on locally to the DC in a remote site. This DC was running DNS and was pointing to itself for name resolution. Sometimes this configuration cannot be avoided.

Two things solved this problem: first was to select "yes" for dynamic updates to the parent domain instead of secure updates, second was to set the netlogon service to be dependant on the DNS server service. Caution: be sure to backup the registry key prior to testing these changes.

See also ME259277 and ME316239 links below.

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