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Configure DNS for static clients

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To configure DNS for static clients

  • To configure DNS for clients with statically configured IP addresses, you likely need to configure the following:

    1. DNS host name (or names) for the client computer.

    2. Primary and alternate DNS servers that the client uses to assist in resolving DNS domain names.

    3. A list of DNS suffixes to be appended for use in completing unqualified DNS names, which are used for searching and submitting DNS queries at the client for resolution.

    4. Connection-specific dynamic update and registration behavior, such as whether specific network adapters installed at the client dynamically register their configured IP addresses with a DNS server.


  • Performing this task does not require you to have administrative credentials. Therefore, as a security best practice, consider performing this task as a user without administrative credentials.

  • For more information about how to configure DNS for static clients not running Windows XP, see the applicable TCP/IP or DNS documentation provided by the appropriate vendor for these clients.

  • By default, the DNS client on Windows XP does not attempt dynamic update over a Remote Access Service (RAS) or virtual private network connection. To modify this configuration, you can modify the advanced TCP/IP settings of the particular network connection or modify the registry. For more information, see Related Topics.

  • By default, the DNS client does not attempt dynamic update of top-level domain (TLD) zones. Any zone named with a single-label name is considered a TLD zone, for example, com, edu, blank, my-company. To configure the DNS client to allow the dynamic update of TLD zones, you can use the Update Top Level Domain Zones policy setting or modify the registry.

Information about functional differences

  • 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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