Create Reverse Primary DNS Zone in Windows Server 2012

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Reverse lookup zone is mostly created and configured if the network is very large, and/or for testing purposes. When the reverse lookup zone is created, you can also create the corresponding PTR records for the host records that are present in the forward lookup zone, which would help you to test the communication with the target host computers.

Note: When the reverse lookup zone is created and configured, the NSLOOKUP command does not function properly, and also it sometimes displays incorrect results. In order to use the NSLOOKUP command, and to rely on its results, you must remove the reverse lookup zone.

Here is how you can create a reverse primary DNS zone in 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.
  • Once expanded, click to select and then right-click the Reverse Lookup Zones container.
  • From the context menu that appears, click New Zone.
  • On the New Zone Wizard welcome window, click Next to continue.
  • On the Zone Type window, make sure that the Primary zone radio button is selected.
  • Assuming that the current DNS server is an Active Directory domain controller as well, make sure that the Store the zone in Active Directory (available only if DNS server is writable domain controller) checkbox is checked.
  • Click Next to proceed to the next step.
  • On the Active Directory Zone Replication Scope window, leave everything as default for now, and click Next to proceed to the next step.
  • On the Reverse Lookup Zone Name window, make sure that the IPv4 Reverse Lookup
    Zone
    radio button is selected, and click Next to continue.
  • On the next window that appears, make sure that the Network ID radio button is selected.
  • In the available field, type the network ID that the current DNS domain uses. (192.168.0 for this demonstration.).
  • Click Next to continue.
  • On the Dynamic Update window, leave the default settings intact for now, and click Next to proceed to the next step.
  • On the Completing the New Zone Wizard window, click Finish to finally create a new reverse lookup zone for the selected domain.