Saturday 26 September 2009

SBS 2003 Error: A Connection Cannot Be Made To The DNS WMI Provider In MS IT Environment Health Scanner

We are in the process of migrating a fairly complex SBS 2003 Premium R2 multi-server environment to SBS 2008 Premium leaving an existing Server 2008 Standard x86 TS box running in RemoteApp mode.

One of the errors we ran into via the Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner  while working on the Source SBS 2003 server was the following:


A connection cannot be made to the DNS WMI provider with a scope of \\sbs.sbsdomain.local\Root\MicrosoftDNS and a path of MicrosoftDNS_Server. Ensure that a DNS WMI provider has been installed.

A search on the error turned up the following:

In the above EBS blog post was this:

The link in this article takes us to:

Since the above article indicates that the DNS WMI provider was supposed to have been installed by default on Windows Server 2003, the Windows 2000 portion of the article contained a clue to the fix:


We ran the following at the command prompt as shown above:

  •  regsvr32 dnsprov.dll [Enter]

After saving the above Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner results we reran the scanner and received:


No more DNS WMI error.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

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Anonymous said...

Thank you. That helped fix the problem for me on our SBS2003 server when running the Windows Essential Business Server preparation tool.

Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...

You are quite welcome! :)


Anonymous said...

Many thanks. That sorted the problem quick sticks!