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Configure DNS settings in Network Connections

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

You can use this procedure to configure TCP/IP to use Domain Name System (DNS).

Administrative credentials

To complete this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group or the Network Configuration Operators group on the local computer.

To configure DNS settings in Network Connections
  1. Open Network Connections.

  2. Right-click the network connection that you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab (for a local area connection) or the Networking tab (for all other connections), click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.

  4. If you want to obtain DNS server addresses from a DHCP server, click Obtain DNS server address automatically.

  5. If you want to configure DNS server addresses manually, click Use the following DNS server addresses, and in Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server, type the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the preferred DNS server and alternate DNS server.

  6. To configure advanced DNS properties, click Advanced, click the DNS tab, and then do one or more of the following:

    • To configure an additional DNS server IP address:

    1. Under DNS server addresses, in order of use, click Add.

    2. In DNS server, type the IP address of the DNS server, and then click Add.

    • To resolve an unqualified name by appending the primary DNS suffix and the DNS suffix of each connection (if configured), click Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes. If you also want to search the parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix up to the second-level domain, select the Append parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix check box.

    • To resolve an unqualified name by appending the suffixes from a list of configured suffixes, click Append these DNS suffixes (in order), and then click Add to add suffixes to the list.

    • To use a DNS dynamic update to register the IP addresses of this connection and the primary domain name of the computer, select the Register this connection's addresses in DNS check box. This option is enabled by default. The primary domain name of the computer is the primary DNS suffix appended to the computer name, and it can be viewed as the full computer name on the Computer Name tab (which is available in System in Control Panel).

    • To use a DNS dynamic update to register the IP addresses and the connection-specific domain name of this connection, select the Use this connection's DNS suffix in DNS registration check box. This option is disabled by default. The connection-specific domain name of this connection is the DNS suffix for this connection appended to the computer name.

    • To completely disable DNS dynamic update for all names on the computer, clear the Register this connection's addresses in DNS and Use this connection's DNS suffix in DNS registration check boxes for all connections in Network Connections.

noteNote
To open Network Connections, click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click Network Connections.

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