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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is a powerful server operating system capable of many different roles and functions. However, to prevent overloading production servers with features and options that are never used, Windows Server provides a modular approach in which the administrator manually installs the services needed.
To set up and configure DNS, you'll need to install the DNS Server Role on Windows Server 2012. This article will guide you through the DNS installation and configuration process in Windows Server 2012. Please note that you'll need to be logged into your Windows server. When you're ready to proceed, please refer to the following steps.
To add a new role to Windows Server 2012, you use the Server Manager.
Congratulations! The DNS Server role should now be installed and ready for use! You should now see a new DNS Role tile in your Server Manager.
If you're an old pro with DNS server files, Windows Server 2012 does let you edit the files directly. However, Microsoft recommends using the interface tools to avoid errors, especially if you're integrating DNS with Active Directory. If you want to use the command line to configure your DNS, use the dnscmd command. For those who don't memorize TechNet for fun, a few clicks are all it takes.
Your DNS Server should now be configured and ready to use!
Written by Michael Brower / June 22, 2017