How Do I Create a DNS Zone in Windows Server 2012?


Heather Bennett

Creating a DNS Zone in Windows Server 2012 is a fundamental step in managing your network’s domain name system. This article will guide you through the process, providing clear instructions and helpful tips along the way.

What is a DNS Zone?
Before diving into the creation process, let’s quickly understand what a DNS zone is. In simple terms, it is an administrative space that contains information about a specific domain. This information includes various records that map domain names to IP addresses, allowing computers to locate and communicate with each other on the network.

Step 1: Launching the DNS Manager
To begin creating a DNS zone in Windows Server 2012, you need to launch the DNS Manager. To do this:

  • Click on the “Start” button.
  • Navigate to “Administrative Tools”.
  • Find and click on “DNS” to open the DNS Manager.

Step 2: Creating a New Forward Lookup Zone
In the DNS Manager window, follow these steps to create a new forward lookup zone:

A. Right-Clicking on “Forward Lookup Zones”

Right-click on “Forward Lookup Zones” in the left pane of the DNS Manager window. A context menu will appear.

B. Selecting “New Zone”

From the context menu, select “New Zone.” This will open up the New Zone Wizard.

C. Starting the New Zone Wizard

The New Zone Wizard will guide you through setting up your new forward lookup zone. Click on “Next” to proceed.

D. Choosing Zone Type

In this step, you’ll be prompted to choose between different zone types – Primary, Secondary, Stub, or Active Directory-integrated zones. Select “Primary Zone” and click “Next.”

E. Specifying Zone Replication Scope

Next, you’ll need to specify the replication scope for your zone. Choose an appropriate option based on your network’s requirements and click “Next” to proceed.

F. Providing Zone Name

Enter a name for your zone in the “Zone name” field. This name should match the domain you wish to manage with this zone. Click “Next” when ready.

G. Choosing Dynamic Update Security

In this step, you’ll be asked to select dynamic update security settings for your zone. Choose the appropriate option based on your network’s security policies and click “Next.”

H. Completing the Wizard

Review the summary of your selections and click “Finish” to create the new forward lookup zone.

Step 3: Configuring Zone Settings
Once you have created the forward lookup zone, you may need to configure additional settings based on your network requirements. To do this:

A. Selecting the Newly Created Zone

In the DNS Manager window, locate and select the newly created forward lookup zone in the left pane. Accessing Zone Properties

Right-click on the selected zone and choose “Properties” from the context menu that appears. Adjusting Zone Settings

In the Zone Properties window, you can modify various settings such as aging/scavenging, dynamic updates, and more as per your needs.


Creating a DNS zone in Windows Server 2012 is a vital task for managing your network’s domain names efficiently. By following these steps and configuring relevant settings, you can ensure smooth communication between computers within your network.

Remember that creating a DNS zone is just one part of maintaining an effective DNS infrastructure. Regularly monitoring and updating your DNS records is equally important for smooth network operations.

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