How to Install and Configure DNS Server in Windows Server 2016?

DNS server is a computer server that contains a database of public IP addresses and their associated hostnames, and in most cases, serves to resolve, or translate, those common names to IP addresses as requested. #Insttall and Congure DNS Server#

Installing and Configure DNS server involves adding the DNS server role to an existing Windows Server 2016 server. You can also install the DNS server role when you install the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) role. This is the preferred method for installing the DNS Server role if you want to integrate your DNS domain namespace with the AD DS domain namespace.

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Install and Configure DNS Server in Windows Server 2016

In this article, I am going to show how to install DNS server on windows server 2016, and Configure DNS on Windows Server 2016 Step by step.

Step #1. In Server Manager, from the Manage menu, select Add Roles and Features. The Add Roles and Features Wizard starts, displaying the Before You Begin page.

Add Role And Feature Wizard Sever 2016

Add Role And Feature Wizard

Step #2. Click Next. The Select Installation Type page opens.

Step #3. Leave the Role-Based Or Feature-Based Installation option selected and click Next to open the Select Destination Server page.

role-based or feature-based installation of remote desktop services installation

role-based or feature-based installation of remote desktop services installation

Step #4. Select the server that you want to promote to a domain controller and click Next. The Select Server Roles page opens.

select server to install dns

select server to install DNS

Step #5. Select the DNS Server role. The Add Features That Are Required For Active Directory Domain Services dialog box opens select add features.

Install DNS Server

Install DNS Server

Step #6. Click Add Features to accept the dependencies and then click Next. The Select Features page opens.



Step #7. Click Next. A Confirm Installation Selections page opens.

Confirm Installation Selection

Confirm Installation Selection

Step #7. On the Confirm Installation Selection window, check the Restart the destination server automatically if required, and then click Install.

Install DNS Server 2016

Install DNS Server 2016

As shown in the preceding screen capture, I already have DNS Server installed on my Windows Server 2016 domain controller. Now it’s time to Configure DNS Server in windows server 2016 to do that you need to create DNS zone in windows server 2016

How to Create Primary DNS Zone in Windows Server 2016

In order to allow the DNS server to maintain the records of the client computers, it is important that a primary DNS zone must be created. When a primary DNS zone is created in the DNS server, the server becomes capable of automatically updating and maintaining the DNS clients’ records.

Step #1. in Server Manager, click Tools and then click DNS Server server 2016.

Step 2#. From the expanded list, right-click the Forward Lookup Zones container.From the displayed context menu, go to New Zone.

create new zone in dns

create new zone in DNS

Step #3. On the New Zone Wizard welcome screen, click Next to proceed to the next step. On the Zone Type window, make sure that the Primary zone radio button is selected.

primary zone in dns server

primary zone in DNS server

Step #4. On the Forward or Reserve Lookup Zone, select Forward Lookup Zone and then Click Next.

forward lookup zone dns

forward lookup zone DNS

Step #5. On the Zone Name window, in the Zone name field type the DNS domain name for which you want to create their primary DNS zone. ( for this demonstration.). Note: Make sure that you type the correct DNS domain name in the Domain name field. If the DNS domain name is incorrect, the DNS server would not be able to resolve the queries correctly.

create a primary zone name

create a primary zone name

Step #6. From the Zone File page, click Next.

windows dns create zone file

windows DNS create zone file

Step #7. On the Dynamic Update window, either you can leave the default settings intact, or you can click to select the Do not allow dynamic updates radio button in order to prevent the DNS server from automatically updating its records on the DNS client computers’ requests.

Click Next to continue to the Next step.

dynamic dns windows server 2016

dynamic DNS windows server 2016

Step #8. On the final window, click Finish to complete the primary DNS zone creation process.

Complete New Zone Wizard

Complete New Zone Wizard

The creating primary DNS zone is finished, now you can use your DNS server.

Configure DNS Server

Configure DNS Server

Finally, we have already install DNS Server on Windows Server 2016 and also we have already Configure DNS Server in Windows Server 2016 by creating DNS Primary zone.


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