Adding a new DNS zone

To add a new DNS zone on a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 system which is functioning as a DNS server, take the following steps:
  1. Move the mouse pointer to the lower, left-hand corner of the screen. When the Start button appears, click on it.
  2. Select Administrative Tools.
  3. Select DNS.
  4. Right-click on the DNS server and choose New Zone.
  5. When the New Zone Wizard window appears, click on Next.
  6. Assuming you wish to create a primary zone, which is the option selected by default, and wish to store the zone in Active Directory, you can click on Next. If you wish to use a file-based zone rather than an Active Directory-integrated zone, uncheck the option to "Store the zone in Active Directory (available only if DNS server is a writeable domain controller)" - see Choosing a Zone Type for futher information.

    Zone Type

  7. At the next window you will select whether you wish to create a forward or reverse lookup zone. The default is a forward lookup zone.

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    Forward or Reverse Lookup Zone

  8. At the next window you can specify the name for the zone, e.g.,

    Zone Name

  9. If you selected a file-based DNS zone, you will be asked if you want to create a new zone file or use an existing file that you have copied from another DNS server.

    Zone File

    By default, the name will be the domain name you provided with .dns appended.

  10. The next window asks about dynamic updates. Dynamic updates enable DNS client computers to register and dynamically update their resource records with a DNS server whenever changes occur.

    Dynamic Updates

  11. The next window is the "Completing the New Zone Wizard" window where you can click on Finish to complete the setup for the zone.

    Complete Zone setup


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Created: Thursday February 26, 2015