Specify address lookup behavior for DC locator ping

This policy setting configures how a domain controller (DC) behaves when responding to a client whose IP address does not map to any configured site. Domain controllers use the client IP address during a DC locator ping request to compute which Active Directory site the client belongs to. If no site mapping can be computed the DC may do an address lookup on the client network name to discover other IP addresses which may then be used to compute a matching site for the client. The allowable values for this setting result in the following behaviors:0 – DCs will never perform address lookups. 1 – DCs will perform an exhaustive address lookup to discover additional client IP addresses. 2 – DCs will perform a fast DNS-only address lookup to discover additional client IP addresses. To specify this behavior in the DC Locator DNS SRV records click Enabled and then enter a value. The range of values is from 0 to 2. If you do not configure this policy setting it is not applied to any DCs and DCs use their local configuration.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

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

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    System -> Net Logon -> DC Locator DNS Records


* 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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