In this article we are going to see how to configure the DNS in windows 2003.
What is DNS?
Domain Name Service also known as DNS is helps to convert the IP address to domain name and domain name to IP address. Because remembering the IP address is very difficult when compare to the name of the server or domain name.
I guess now you understood the importance of DNS. So let’s see how to configure the DNS.
Open the DNS console by navigating to the following path
Start -> Administrative Tools -> DNS
You can able to see two zones by default
- Forward Lookup Zones
- Reverse Lookup Zones
Forward lookup zones will helps to provide the information about the IP address of the mentioned host name
Let’s say if you type the host name in the command prompt it will give the IP address information. But if you want to get the information about the host name if you provide IP then you need to configure the Reverse lookup zone.
Right click on Reverse lookup zones -> New Zone option to create a new zone under reverse lookup zones
Select the Primary Zone option since it is going to be the first zone under the reverse lookup zone.
Select the option appropriately based on your requirement. I am selecting the third one here.
Now type the IP address without the last octet. For instance if your is 192.168.2.2 then type 192.168.2. In this case I am using 10.1.1
Select the first option which is the recommended.
Congratulations!! You have configured the DNS server successfully.
Hope you have learned something new today. If you have any questions feel free to get back to me.