How Do I Find My DNS Server in Active Directory?


Heather Bennett

Are you looking for a way to find your DNS server in Active Directory? Look no further, as we have got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. So let’s dive right in!

What is a DNS Server?

A DNS (Domain Name System) server is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. It acts as a directory that helps your computer or device locate websites and services on the internet. Without a DNS server, you would need to remember and enter IP addresses manually to access different websites.

Finding Your DNS Server in Active Directory

If your network is using Active Directory as the directory service, there are a few simple steps you can follow to find your DNS server:

  1. Step 1: Log in to your computer with administrative privileges.
  2. Step 2: Open the Command Prompt by clicking on the Start menu, typing “cmd” into the search bar, and selecting “Command Prompt” from the search results.
  3. Step 3: In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig /all” (without quotes) and press Enter.

This command will display detailed network configuration information for all network adapters on your computer. Look for the section titled “Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection” or “Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi,” depending on your network connection type.

Finding DNS Server IP Address

To find your DNS server’s IP address, locate the line that starts with “DNS Servers” under the respective network adapter section. The IP address listed next to it is your primary DNS server.

If you have secondary DNS servers configured, they will be listed below the primary DNS server under the same section. These secondary servers provide backup and redundancy in case the primary server becomes unavailable.

Using Group Policy to Find DNS Server

If your network is utilizing Group Policy, you can also find your DNS server information through the following steps:

  1. Step 1: Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Step 2: Type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) into the Run dialog box and click OK.
  3. Step 3: In the Group Policy Editor window, navigate to “Computer Configuration” > “Policies” > “Administrative Templates” > “Network” > “DNS Client“.
  4. Step 4: Double-click on “DNS Servers” in the right-hand pane of the Group Policy Editor window.

A new window titled “DNS Servers Properties” will open, displaying your configured DNS server IP addresses under “DNS servers.” The order in which they are listed represents their priority, with the topmost being the primary DNS server.

In Conclusion

Finding your DNS server in Active Directory is a straightforward process that can be done using either Command Prompt or Group Policy Editor. By following these simple steps, you can quickly locate your DNS server’s IP address and ensure smooth network connectivity.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through finding your DNS server in Active Directory. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us. Happy networking!

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