Administer a DNS server, configure DNS clients, flush the resolver cache, install and configure the DNS Server service, and view the resolver cache.


This section deals only with some general tasks relating to DNS. Other procedures can be found in the following two articles in this chapter:

DNS server

General tasks associated with DNS servers, such as creating zones, configuring scavenging, clearing the cache, and so on


Specific tasks such as creating and modifying resource records, configuring zone transfers, and so on

Administer a DNS Server

Start Programs Administrative Tools DNS

This opens the DNS console, which is the primary tool for administering DNS servers. See DNS server and zone in this chapter for more information about using this tool, and see DNS for additional general information about using this console.

An alternative method of performing DNS administration in Windows 2000 is to use the command-line tool Dnscmd.exe, which can be used to perform most of the tasks that can be done using the DNS console. Dnscmd.exe has the additional advantage that it can be used in scripts to perform automated administration of DNS servers, but its command-line syntax must be mastered in order to do this.

Configure DNS Clients

The procedure you will use to configure client computers to contact DNS servers for name resolution depends on:

  • The type of operating system on the client

  • Whether DHCP or static IP addressing is used

The actual steps will vary ...

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