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Add a host (A) resource record to a zone

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To add a host (A) resource record to a zone

Using the Windows interface

  1. Open DNS.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the applicable forward lookup zone and click New Host.

  3. In the Name text box, type the DNS computer name for the new host.

  4. In the IP address text box, type the IP address for the new host.

  5. As an option, select the Create associated pointer (PTR) record check box to create an additional pointer record in a reverse zone for this host, based on the information you entered in Name and IP address.

  6. Click Add Host to add the new host record to the zone.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open DNS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click DNS.

  • PTR resource records created automatically when adding an A resource record to a zone will be deleted automatically if the corresponding A resource record is deleted.

Using a command line

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type: dnscmd ServerName /RecordAdd ZoneNameNodeName [/Aging] [/OpenAcl] [Ttl] A IPAddress

 

Value Description

dnscmd

Specifies the name of the command-line program.

ServerName

Required. Specifies the DNS host name of the DNS server. You can also type the IP address of the DNS server. To specify the DNS server on the local computer, you can also type a period (.).

/RecordAdd

Required. Adds a new resource record.

ZoneName

Required. Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the zone.

NodeName

Required. Specifies the FQDN of the node in the DNS namespace. You can also type the node name relative to the ZoneName or @, which specifies the zone's root node.

/Aging

Specifies that this resource record is able to be aged and scavenged. If this command is not used, the resource record remains in the DNS database unless it is manually updated or removed.

/OpenAcl

Specifies that new records are open to modification by any user. Without this parameter, only administrators may modify the new record.

Ttl

Specifies the Time-To-Live (TTL) setting for the resource record. (The default TTL is defined in SOA resource record).

A

Required. Specifies the resource record type of the record you are adding.

IPAddress

Required. The IP address for the host.

Notes

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • This procedure requires the Dnscmd Windows support tool. For information about installing Windows support tools, see Related Topics.

  • To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type:

    dnscmd /RecordAdd /help

  • PTR resource records are deleted automatically if the corresponding A resource record is deleted.

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  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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