How Do I Access My DNS Server Remotely?


Heather Bennett

Welcome to this tutorial on how to access your DNS server remotely. In this article, we will explore the steps involved in accessing your DNS server from a remote location. Let’s get started!

What is a DNS Server?

Before we dive into the process of accessing your DNS server remotely, let’s quickly understand what a DNS server is. DNS stands for Domain Name System, and it is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. Essentially, it helps you connect to websites by converting the user-friendly domain names (e.g., into machine-friendly IP addresses (e.,

Why Access Your DNS Server Remotely?

Accessing your DNS server remotely can be useful in various scenarios:

  • Remote Administration: When you need to make changes or configure settings on your DNS server from a different location.
  • Troubleshooting: If you encounter issues with your DNS server and need to analyze logs or check configurations.
  • Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance tasks on your DNS server without physically being present.

Steps to Access Your DNS Server Remotely

Step 1: Enable Remote Desktop

The first step is to enable Remote Desktop on the computer where your DNS server is installed. To do this:

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel on the computer hosting the DNS server.
  2. Select “System and Security” and then “System”.
  3. Click on “Remote settings” in the left-hand menu.
  4. In the System Properties window, under the “Remote” tab, check the box that says “Allow remote connections to this computer”.
  5. Click on “Apply” and then “OK”.

Step 2: Set Up Port Forwarding

To access your DNS server remotely, you need to set up port forwarding on your router. This allows external access to your DNS server through a specific port. Here’s how:

  1. Login to your router’s administration panel.
  2. Navigate to the port forwarding settings or virtual server settings.
  3. Add a new port forwarding rule and specify the IP address of your DNS server.
  4. Select the protocol (usually TCP) and enter the port number (default is 3389 for Remote Desktop Protocol).
  5. Save the changes and restart your router if necessary.

Step 3: Connect Remotely to Your DNS Server

Now that you have enabled Remote Desktop and set up port forwarding, you can connect remotely to your DNS server:

  1. Note down: The public IP address of your network (you can find this by searching ‘what is my IP address’ in a search engine).
  2. Laun>RDC (Remote Desktop Connection) application on your local computer (Windows users can search for ‘Remote Desktop Connection’ in the Start menu).
  3. Enter:the public IP address of your network in the ‘Computer’ field.
  4. Click:‘Connect’ and enter your remote desktop credentials (username and password).
  5. You should now be connected: to your DNS server remotely and have access to its resources.

That’s it! You have successfully accessed your DNS server remotely.

Remember to always maintain proper security measures when accessing your DNS server from remote locations. Happy remote managing!

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