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Configure Primary Zone in Windows DNS Server

Primary zone is a zone that can be updated directly on the DNS server where the zone resides. This means administrator can do any operations in the primary zone including modify, delete, and create DNS record. When DNS Server role is configured as part of Active Directory role configuration, Windows already configure a primary zone […]
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Configure Secondary Zone in Windows DNS Server

When adding a DNS zone, there is an option to create secondary zone. A secondary zone is basically a replica of zone from another existing DNS server in the network. The other server which is being replicated is called the Master. Any changes on the Master applies to the secondary zone as well, but not […]
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Add PTR Record in Windows DNS Server

DNS works by mapping name-to-IP address. To perform this function, we need to know the hostname so that we can get the IP address information from the DNS server. However, sometimes what we have is the IP address and we want to know what hostname that is using this IP address. The good news is […]
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Add CNAME Record in Windows DNS Server

CNAME or Canonical Name record is one of the types of DNS records. It is used to create an alias name for an existing Host A record or another CNAME record. Alias name usually required to hide the original hostname, or if the host itself runs multiple services then one alias name can be assigned […]
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Install DNS Server Role in Windows Server 2012 R2

DNS or Domain Name System is the basic requirement of any kind of network. DNS works in client-server mode, where DNS client may call a computer or domain name string, and DNS server will help the client to perform name-to-IP address mapping so further TCP/IP actions can be performed by the client. Without DNS server, […]
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Understanding Forward and Reverse Lookup Zones in DNS

When you install DNS Server role in Windows environment, you will be able to create new zones in either Forward or Reverse Lookup Zones. These two zones serves a different purpose. The first one and the most commonly implemented is Forward Lookup Zones, where translations of a hostname string to IP address is performed. The […]