There are two methods for configuring DNS on Windows Server 2016. One is using PowerShell and the other method is using GUI which is slightly longer, but easier and doesn't require commands to be typed. I will show you the GUI method here.


  • Static IP is configured
  • Firewall is turned off
  • Latest updates from Microsoft are installed
  • Administrator account has strong password

Install Windows DNS Server

Step 1: Open the server manager dashboard.

Step 2. Click on Add roles and features.

Step 3. Read the pre-requirements and click Next.

Step 4. Choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.

Step 5. Choose destination server for DNS role and click Next.

Step 6. Choose DNS server from server roles. As soon as you choose the role, a new window will pop up. Click Add features.

Step 7. Keep clicking Next through rest of pages and complete the installation process

Creating Forward Lookup Zone

Step 1. Open server manager dashboard.

Step 2. Click Tools -> DNS

Step 3. In DNS manager console,  expand DNS server. Right-click Forward Lookup Zones.

Step 4. Click New Zone.

Step 5. Click Next.

Step 6. Choose primary zone and uncheck "Store the zone in AD".

Step 9. Provide the zone name and click Next.

Enter DNS zone name

Step 10. Choose "Create a new file with this ...." and click Next.

Create new file with this name

Step 10. Choose "Do not allow dynamic updates".

Do not allow dynamic updates

Step 11. Click Finish.

Adding Host Record in a Forward Lookup Zone

Step 1. Open DNS manager console and right-click your forward lookup zone where you would like to create a host record.

Step 2. Click New Host (A or AAAA).

Create A or AAAA Record

Step 3. Provide the name (and this will become FQDN in the form, and IP address.

Enter name of the A Record

Step 4. Click 'Add Host' and you are done.

How to Install DNS and Configure DNS Records on Windows Server 2016

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

One thought on “How to Install DNS and Configure DNS Records on Windows Server 2016

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    October 9, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks very much. This was very helpful. Could you explain why you chose certain options in the configuration and what they really imply? Thanks


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