DNS Server

By Walter Oliver

January 22, 2008

Prerequisites

You must have a working Dynamic Name Services (DNS) server on the network to run Windows Deployment Services. Administrators may choose to dedicate an entire server to one role or to install multiple server roles on a single computer. For simplicity, the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) roles can be installed together on one server.

Installation Information

Domain Name System (DNS) is the name resolution protocol for TCP/IP networks, such as the Internet. A DNS server hosts the information that enables client computers to resolve memorable, alphanumeric DNS names to the IP addresses that computers use to communicate with each other. This guide describes the DNS server role in the Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating system, and provides procedures for installing, configuring, and managing DNS servers in your network. The Installing and Configuring Servers topic covers a broad set of topics about AD integration and DNS network planning. The Install a DNS Server gives the steps to install it. Here is a summary:

To install a DNS server

  1. Open Server Manager. To open Server Manager, click Start, and then click Server Manager.
  2. Under Roles Summary, click Add Roles.

3. On Before You Begin, click Next.

4. On Confirm Installation Selections, click Install.

5. On DNS Server, click Next.

6. On Installation Results, click Close.