DNS Server on Windows Server 2003 is to resolve DNS Names to IP addresses and reversed. From Windows 2000, Active Directory acquires the hierarchical naming structure as the name of Active Directory (and its partitions). For that reason, an internal DNS Server is required to store and resolve Active Directory information.
Moreover, internal DNS Server could be used to resolve internal DNS name applications, such as web server, mail server, database server, etc.
A network with DNS Server configured does not have to be a domain (Active Directory) environment because DNS Server have two basic functions: resolve names or store information for Active Directory, or both.
This tutorial is to show you how to install and basically configure DNS Server to resolve DNS Name, and configure DNS Server ready for Active Directory promotion.
To install and configure DNS Server on Windows Server 2003, follow these steps
Content at a glance
- Assign a static IP to the server
- Add DNS Service on Windows 2003
- Select a primary namespace for the server
- Create Forward Lookup Zone
- Create Reversed Lookup Zone
- Verify DNS functionality
1. Assign a static IP to the server
This task is pretty familiar with network administrators at all level. DNS Server requires local server to have a static IP assigned. This static IP of DNS Server plays as a preferred DNS settings on client computer. All clients within the network must configure its preferred DNS Server pointed to the DNS Server IP address.
For example, I will assign my DNS Server this IP address: 192.168.100.1