When you try to connect to a Domain Name System (DNS) server by using the DNS snap-in (Dnsmgmt.msc) on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer, the connection fails. In the console tree, you see a red "X" next to the DNS server connection node. This problem occurs if the following conditions are true:

 

    The DNS remote procedure call (RPC) interface is configured to use only local procedure calls.

    You connect to the DNS server by using a NetBIOS name.

    The DNS server has a computer name of 15 characters.

 

A workaround for this problem is as follows:

 

1.     Click Start, click Run, type dnsmgmt.msc , and then click OK.

2.     Right-click the problematic DNS server connection node, and then click Delete.

3.     Click Yes to confirm the deletion.

4.     Right-click DNS, and then click Connect to DNS Server.

5.     Click The following computer, enter one of the following items, and then click OK:

 

           A dot (.)

           The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the DNS server

           127.0.0.1

 

Note: We recommend that you type a dot or the FQDN as "127.0.0.1" may not work in some cases.

 

For more information about this issue, please refer to the following Knowledge Base article:

 

When you try to connect to a DNS server by using the DNS snap-in (Dnsmgmt.msc) on a Windows Server 2003-based computer, the connection fails

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;936243