How Do I Change the DNS Server in Windows Server 2016?


Heather Bennett

Changing the DNS server in Windows Server 2016 is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few simple steps. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the necessary steps to change the DNS server settings on your Windows Server 2016 machine.

Step 1: Open Network Connections

To begin, open the Control Panel by clicking on the Start button and selecting Control Panel from the menu. Once the Control Panel window is open, locate and click on the “Network and Sharing Center” option.

Step 2: Change Adapter Settings

In the Network and Sharing Center window, click on the “Change adapter settings” link located on the left-hand side of the window. This will open a new window displaying all of your network connections.

Step 3: Select Network Adapter

In this step, identify the network adapter for which you want to change the DNS server settings. Right-click on the desired network adapter and select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Open TCP/IPv4 Properties

In the Properties dialog box, scroll through the list of items until you find “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”. Select it and then click on the “Properties” button below.

Step 5: Change DNS Server Settings

The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties dialog box will now be displayed. Here you can manually set your preferred DNS server addresses. To do this:

  • Select “Use the following DNS server addresses”.
  • Type your preferred primary DNS server address in the “Preferred DNS server” field.
  • Type your preferred secondary DNS server address in the “Alternate DNS server” field.

Ensure that you have the correct DNS server addresses before proceeding. You can obtain these addresses from your network administrator or your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Step 6: Apply the Changes

Once you have entered the preferred DNS server addresses, click on the “OK” button to save the changes.

Step 7: Test the Connection

To ensure that the changes have been implemented successfully, it is recommended that you test your network connection. Open a web browser and try accessing a website to verify if the new DNS server settings are working correctly.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to change the DNS server settings in Windows Server 2016. By following these steps, you can easily configure and customize your network adapter’s DNS settings to suit your needs.

Remember, having accurate and up-to-date DNS server settings is crucial for ensuring smooth and efficient connectivity on your Windows Server 2016 machine.

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