How Do I Change DNS in Windows Server?


Larry Thompson

Changing DNS in Windows Server is a crucial step for ensuring smooth network connectivity and efficient domain resolution. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of changing DNS settings on your Windows Server.

Step 1: Accessing Network Connections

To begin, we need to access the Network Connections settings. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Step 1.1: Click on the Start button and open the Control Panel.
  • Step 1.2: In the Control Panel, select “Network and Sharing Center.”
  • Step 1.3: From the left-hand side menu, click on “Change adapter settings.”

This will open a window displaying all your network connections.

Step 2: Modifying DNS Settings

In this step, we will modify the DNS settings of the desired network connection:

  • Step 2.1: Right-click on the network connection you want to change DNS for.
  • Step 2.2: Select “Properties” from the context menu.

A properties window will appear with various tabs.

  • Step 2.3: Locate and select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” from the list of available items.

Note: If you are using IPv6, select “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” instead.

  • Note:
  • This step assumes that you want to modify the IPv4 DNS settings.
  • If you want to modify IPv6 DNS settings, select “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)” instead.

Step 3: Configuring DNS Settings

Now, we will configure the DNS settings for the selected network connection:

  • Step 3.1: In the properties window, click on the “Properties” button.
  • Step 3.2: A new window will open displaying the properties for TCP/IPv4.3: Select the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option.

You will notice that two text fields become editable below this option.

  • Step 3.4: In the “Preferred DNS server” field, enter the IP address of your desired DNS server.5: In the “Alternate DNS server” field, you can optionally enter a secondary DNS server IP address. This is useful for redundancy and fault tolerance purposes.


  • If you are unsure about which DNS servers to use, consult your network administrator or Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  • You can also use public DNS servers like Google DNS (8.8.8 and 8.4.4) or Cloudflare DNS (1.1.1 and 1.0.1).

Step 4: Applying Changes and Testing

We are almost done! Now it’s time to apply the changes and test the new DNS settings:

  • Step 4.1: Click on the “OK” button to save the changes.
  • Step 4.2: Close all opened windows.

The changes should take effect immediately. To verify if the new DNS settings are working correctly, you can perform a simple test:

  • Step 4.3: Open a web browser and visit any website. If the website loads successfully, it means that the new DNS settings are functioning correctly.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the DNS settings on your Windows Server. Remember that these steps can be applied to any network connection on your server.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to change DNS settings on a Windows Server. By following these steps, you can ensure efficient domain resolution and network connectivity for your server environment. Remember to choose reliable DNS servers and regularly review and update your DNS configuration for optimal performance.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

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