13.4. Creating a Zone

Problem

You want to create a forward or reverse lookup zone. A forward lookup zone maps names to IP addresses or other names, and a reverse lookup zone maps IP addresses to names.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

Use the following instructions to create a forward zone:

  1. From the Administrative Tools, open the DNS snap-in (dnsmgmt.msc).

  2. Connect to the DNS Server you want to modify. In the left pane, right-click on DNS and select Connect to DNS Server. Select The following computer and enter the target server name. Click OK.

  3. Expand the server in the left pane and click Forward Lookup Zones.

  4. Right-click on Forward Lookup Zones and select New Zone.

  5. Click Next.

  6. Select the zone type and click Next.

  7. If you selected Active Directory to store the zone data, you will be asked for the servers to which you want to replicate the DNS data. Click Next after you make your selection. (This applies to only Windows Server 2003.)

  8. Enter the zone name and click Next.

  9. Fill out the information for the remaining screens. They will vary depending on whether you are creating a primary, secondary, or stub zone.

Use these instructions to create a reverse zone:

  1. From the Administrative Tools, open the DNS snap-in (dnsmgmt.msc).

  2. Connect to the DNS Server you want to modify. In the left pane, right-click on DNS and select Connect to DNS Server. Select The following computer and enter the target server name. Click OK.

  3. Expand the server in the left pane and click on Reverse Lookup Zones.

  4. Right-click ...

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