How Do I Add a DNS Entry to Windows Server?


Angela Bailey

How Do I Add a DNS Entry to Windows Server?

Adding a DNS entry to your Windows Server is essential for managing your network’s domain names and their associated IP addresses. This tutorial will guide you through the process of adding a DNS entry using the Windows Server DNS Manager.

Step 1: Launching the DNS Manager

To begin, open the DNS Manager by clicking on the Start button and searching for “DNS Manager.” Click on the DNS Manager app to launch it.

Step 2: Navigating to Your DNS Zone

In the left-hand pane of the DNS Manager, expand your server’s name and then expand Forward Lookup Zones. Locate and click on the zone in which you want to add a new DNS entry.


If you do not have a forward lookup zone set up, you will need to create one before proceeding with adding a new DNS entry. This can be done by right-clicking on Forward Lookup Zones, selecting New Zone.., and following the wizard’s instructions.

Step 3: Adding a New DNS Entry

In the right-hand pane of the DNS Manager, under your selected zone, right-click anywhere and select New Host (A or AAAA)..

A new window will appear where you can enter the necessary information for your new DNS entry.

  • Name: Enter the name of your record. For example, if you are adding an entry for “www,” enter “www” (without quotes).
  • IP Address: Enter the corresponding IP address for your record.
  • Create associated pointer (PTR) record: Check this box if you want to create a reverse DNS entry.

Once you have entered the required information, click Add Host to create the new DNS entry.

Step 4: Verifying the DNS Entry

To verify that your new DNS entry has been successfully added, you can use the nslookup command in Command Prompt or PowerShell. Simply open Command Prompt or PowerShell and type:

nslookup [your-dns-entry-name]

If your DNS entry has been added correctly, you should see the corresponding IP address displayed.


If you are experiencing any issues with your DNS entry, ensure that your Windows Server’s IP configuration is correctly set up, and there are no firewall restrictions preventing DNS resolution.

Congratulations! You have successfully added a DNS entry to your Windows Server using the DNS Manager. Managing DNS entries is crucial for maintaining a well-functioning network and ensuring proper domain name resolution.

Note: It may take some time for the new DNS entry to propagate across all devices on your network. Patience is key!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of adding a DNS entry to Windows Server. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out!

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