Adding a New DNS Host Record in Windows Server 2012 DNS Server

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In most cases, the DNS server is configured to automatically update its records. As per the configuration, all the DNS client computers that are the members of an existing domain (in a client/server network infrastructure) can automatically register their names along with their corresponding IP addresses with the DNS server.

Apart from the above, there might be some instances where the administrators do not allow the DNS client computers to automatically update the DNS records with their information whatsoever. When the DNS server is configured this way, the administrators must manually add the DNS records in the DNS server in order to allow smooth name resolution process, while keeping the security of the DNS server intact.

If you have configured your DNS server to not to allow the DNS clients to update the records by themselves, you can go through the instructions given in this tutorial that would walk you through the process of manually adding a DNS host record in the DNS server.

Here is how you can add a new DNS record in a Windows Server 2012 DNS server:

  • Log on to the Windows Server 2012 DNS server using the Enterprise Admin or Domain Admin account credentials.
  • If not already started, initialize the Server Manager window from the bottom left corner of the screen.
  • Once the Server Manager window is initialized, from the left pane, click to select the DNS category.
  • From the right pane, under the SERVERS section, right-click the DNS server.
  • From the context menu that appears, click DNS Manager.
  • On the opened DNS Manager snap-in from the left pane, expand the server name (DC-01.MYDOMAIN.COM for this demonstration), and then expand Forward Lookup Zones.
  • From the expanded list, click to select and then right-click the domain name. (MYDOMAIN.COM for this demonstration.).
  • From the displayed context menu, click the New Host (A or AAAA) option.
  • On the opened New Host box, in the Name (uses parent domain name if blank) field, type the hostname of the computer for which you want to create a new record in the DNS server.
  • Notice that the primary DNS suffix is automatically added to the name in the Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) field.
  • Type the IP address of the target computer in the IP address field.
  • Once done, click the Add Host button to finally create a new DNS host record in the DNS server.