Installing DNS Server on Windows Server 2012

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Installing DNS Server on Windows Server 2012

December 11, 2015 | Article | No Comments

Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most prominently, it translates easily memorized domain names to the numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. By providing a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of the functionality of the Internet.

Windows Server 2012 use it’s own DNS server program, named Microsoft DNS. This is the default on any Windows Server.

Like any service on Windows Server 2012, Microsoft DNS is implemented as server role. This article will discuss about how to install DNS service in Windows Server 2012.


Open “Server Manager” from task bar, if you have not opened it yet.

From “Server Manager” Dashboard, select “Add roles and features”. This will launch the Roles and Features Wizard allowing for modifications to be performed on the Windows Server 2012 instance.


Select “Role based or features-based” installation from the Installation Type. Roles are the major feature sets of the server, such as IIS. Features provide additional functionality for given role.


When asked for destination server, select the current server. It should be chosen by default. Click “Next” button to proceed.


From the Server Roles, choose the option “DNS Server” by checking it. A notice will appear explaining additional roles services or feature are also required to install domain services.


If you don’t set your machine using static IP address, you will get a warning message. Make sure you set your machine to static IP address so client can resolve your machine. However, you can always ignore it and go to next stage for installation.


Now we will be brought to “Features” page. Review and select optional features to install during installation of DNS Server. You can check any features but we will leave it as is.

Review the information. Click Next.


Review the installation. This page will show you information about what will be installed. When ready, press “install” button.


Installation will take on. It should not be long, but that will depend on your machine. In installation process, a progress bar will be displayed on the screen. Once Active Directory role is installer, it will be displayed on the ‘Server Manager’ landing page.


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