How Is DNS Installing on Windows Server 2016?


Larry Thompson

How Is DNS Installing on Windows Server 2016?

Windows Server 2016 is a powerful operating system that provides various features and services to enhance network functionality. One of these essential services is the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates human-readable domain names into IP addresses.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing DNS on Windows Server 2016.

Step 1: Accessing Server Manager

To begin the installation process, you need to open the Server Manager. You can do this by clicking on the Start button and then selecting Server Manager.

Alternatively, you can use the shortcut key combination Win + X and choose Server Manager.

Step 2: Adding Roles and Features

Once you have opened the Server Manager, navigate to the top-right corner of the window and click on Add roles and features. This will launch the Add Roles and Features Wizard.

Selecting Installation Type:

In the first page of the wizard, called “Installation Type,” make sure that “Role-based or feature-based installation” is selected. Then click on Next.

Selecting Target Server:

On the “Server Selection” page, choose your desired server from the server pool where you want to install DNS. Once selected, click on Next.

Selecting Server Roles:

Now, locate and select “DNS Server” from the list of available server roles. A pop-up window will appear, asking for your confirmation to install additional features required for DNS.

Click on Add Features to proceed.

Selecting Features:

On the “Features” page, you can skip this step as no additional features are required for DNS installation. Simply click on Next to continue.

DNS Server:

The next page is the “DNS Server” page, where you will find information about DNS and its functionality. You can read through it if desired and then click on Next.

Confirming Installation:

The final page before installation begins is the “Confirmation” page. Here you will see a summary of your selections.

Ensure that “Restart the destination server automatically if required” is checked and click on Install.

Step 3: Completing the Installation Process

Once the installation process is complete, you will see a progress bar indicating the status. After successful installation, a new window labeled “DNS Server Configuration Wizard” will appear.

DNS Configuration:

In this window, select “Create a forward lookup zone now” and click on Next. You can choose other options based on your requirements, but for this tutorial, we will focus on creating a forward lookup zone.

Zone Type:

On the “Zone Type” page, select “Primary zone“. This ensures that your DNS server holds a primary copy of all zone data.

Click on Next.

Zone Name:

Enter the desired name for your zone, such as ““. You can also add a description if needed.

Dynamic Update:

On the “Dynamic Update” page, choose “Allow only secure dynamic updates” to ensure secure updates to the DNS records. Click on Next.

Completing the Wizard:

The final page of the wizard provides a summary of your selections. Review them and click on Finish.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed DNS on Windows Server 2016.

In Conclusion

DNS is a vital component in any network infrastructure, enabling efficient communication between devices using domain names. With Windows Server 2016, installing DNS has become more straightforward than ever.

By following this step-by-step guide, you can easily set up a DNS server and begin managing your network’s domain names effectively.

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