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How to Solve Connectivity Issues Connecting To SCOM, SCVMM, AD or Any Other Service–Here is the Easy fix

I have been in the technology industry for more than 25 years now and I have dealt with my fair share of connectivity issues. In the last decade or so a good 85% or more of the issues I have encountered have been DNS issues. There is a very easy solution to fix the problem (temporarily) and to confirm that the issue is DNS.

Simply add a record to the local hosts file:

Start | type Notepad | Right-Click on Notepad | Run as Administrator

Answer Yes to the UAC prompt (if there is one)

Inside Notepad click the File menu | Open

type in the bottom c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and change the type box to all files

addrecord_hosts

then click Open

This will open your local hosts file. Now you will need to know the IP address and the name of the machine you are trying to establish connectivity to.

move the curser down to the bottom of the file and type in the IP address followed by at least one space then the name of the server. You might want to make two lines for the server. One with the fully qualified domain name and one with just the server name.

FQDN_ServerName

Then click the File menu and save

Try the connection again. if it magically starts working you have confirmed that you have a DNS issue. This will not FIX your DNS issue. It is a workaround until you get time to investigate why DNS is not working.

You can safely close the notepad box.

Once you have resolved the DNS issue, you should go back and remove the lines you added.

In my demo environment, I often do not fire up the DC so I use hosts file entries all the time. The problem with it is if I change the IP address of the server, it will update DNS but I will no longer be able to get to it as the Hosts file cannot be updated automatically.

When I get a chance, I will try to post more about DNS as I know it is a problem for many people and most of the documentation on it can be very confusing.

You may also be interested in… Resolving Network Issues-You Might Not Have Permission To Use This Network Resource which goes into a bit more detail about DNS and how you might resolve a particular DNS problem

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Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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