Network Administration: Windows DNS Client Configuration - dummies

Network Administration: Windows DNS Client Configuration

Client computers don’t need much configuration in order to work properly with Domain Naming Service (DNS). The client must have the address of at least one DNS server. Usually, this address is supplied by Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), so if the client is configured to obtain its IP address from a DHCP server, it will also obtain the DNS server address from DHCP.

To configure a client computer to obtain the DNS server location from DHCP, bring up the Network Properties dialog box by choosing Network or Network Connections in Control Panel (depending on which version of Windows the client is running).

Then, select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) protocol and click the Properties button. This summons a dialog box. To configure the computer to use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), select the Obtain an IP Address Automatically and the Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically options.

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If the computer doesn’t use DHCP, you can use this same dialog box to manually enter the IP address of your DNS server.