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Return domain controller address type

This policy setting detremines the type of IP address that is returned for a domain controller. The DC Locator APIs return the IP address of the DC with the other parts of information. Before the support of IPv6 the returned DC IP address was IPv4. But with the support of IPv6 the DC Locator APIs can return IPv6 DC address. The returned IPv6 DC address may not be correctly handled by some of the existing applications. So this policy is provided to support such scenarios. By default DC Locator APIs can return IPv4/IPv6 DC address. But if some applications are broken due to the returned IPv6 DC address this policy can be used to disable the default behavior and enforce to return only IPv4 DC address. Once applications are fixed this policy can be used to enable the default behavior. If you enable this policy setting DC Locator APIs can return IPv4/IPv6 DC address. This is the default behavior of the DC Locator. If you disable this policy setting DC Locator APIs will ONLY return IPv4 DC address if any. So if the domain controller supports both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses DC Locator APIs will return IPv4 address. But if the domain controller supports only IPv6 address then DC Locator APIs will fail. If you do not configure this policy setting DC Locator APIs can return IPv4/IPv6 DC address. This is the default behavior of the DC Locator.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Netlogon -> Parameters # AddressTypeReturned

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    System -> Net Logon -> DC Locator DNS Records

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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