How Do I Change My DNS Server 2012?


Angela Bailey

Changing DNS Server in Windows Server 2012

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing your DNS server in Windows Server 2012. The Domain Name System (DNS) is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses, allowing computers to communicate with each other over the internet. By changing your DNS server, you can potentially improve internet speed, security, and access to certain websites.

Step 1: Open the Server Manager

To begin, open the Server Manager by clicking on the Start button and selecting “Server Manager” from the menu. Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + X and choose “Server Manager” from the list.

Step 2: Accessing DNS Settings

Once inside the Server Manager, locate and click on “Tools” in the top-right corner of the window. From the drop-down menu, select “DNS” to open the DNS Manager.

Note: If you don’t see “DNS” in the Tools menu, it means that you need to install DNS Server role on your Windows Server 2012 first. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Go back to Server Manager.
  2. Click on “Manage” in the top-right corner of the window.
  3. Select “Add Roles and Features. “
  4. A wizard will open; click “Next” until you reach “Server Roles. “
  5. Expand “DNS Server,” check the box next to it, and click “Next.

  6. Continue clicking “Next” until you reach “Confirmation.” Then click “Install. “

Step 3: Changing DNS Settings

In DNS Manager, expand your server name from the left-hand panel. Then expand “Forward Lookup Zones” and select the domain for which you want to change the DNS server.

Once you’ve selected the appropriate domain, right-click on it and choose “Properties” from the context menu.

Step 4: Specifying New DNS Server

In the Properties window, navigate to the “Name Servers” tab. Here, you can view the current DNS server entries.

To change the DNS server, click on “Add.” In the “Server IP address” field, enter the IP address of the new DNS server you wish to use. Click “Add” again if you have multiple DNS servers.

Note: It’s recommended to have at least two DNS servers for redundancy purposes.

Step 5: Verifying Changes

Click “OK” to save your changes and close the Properties window. Back in DNS Manager, verify that your new DNS server is listed under Name Servers for your selected domain.

It may take some time for these changes to propagate across all devices on your network. You can test by opening a web browser and accessing various websites to ensure everything is working correctly.


Changing your DNS server in Windows Server 2012 is a straightforward process that can potentially enhance your internet experience. By following these steps, you can easily configure your preferred DNS servers and take advantage of improved speed, security, and website accessibility.

Remember to keep track of any changes you make in case you need to revert them or troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

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