In the world of DNS, Forward Lookup Zones requests the IP address that corresponds to a fully qualified domain name (FQDN). When you type in in your browser, DNS’s Forward lookup Zone will translate that FQDN to an IP Address of the server hosting that site. This is what we are going to configure in the DNS Server we installed earlier in Install and Configure DNS Server on Windows Server 2019.

Step 1: Open DNS Configuration Window

Load up your Server Manager and open DNS from Tools

You should get a screen similar to below.

Step 2: Open a new zone

Right-click your server name and choose “New Zone..”. That will open up a New Zone Wizard.

Step 3: Follow Wizard Prompts

Click “Next” on the first Wizard screen.

Step 4: Choose “primary zone” and hit “Next

Step 5: Add a Forward Lookup Zone

Of course, we are adding a “Forward Lookup Zone” here. Choose that and hit “Next

Step 6: Set Zone name

Enter the “Zone Name” for lookup and click “Next

Step 7: Configure Zone file

Enter a “Zone file” or go with the auto-created one then click “Next“.

Step 8: Check if to allow dynamic updates

Click “Next” on the “Dynamic Update” part

Step 9: Complete Setup

Complete the “New Zone Wizard” by hitting “Finish

Step 10: Confirm Forward Lookup Zone

Confirm your “Forward Lookup Zone” by checking your DNS Manager

For Reverse DNS, check:

How To add DNS Reverse Lookup Zone in Windows Server 2019

Adding records to your DNS server was covered on How To add DNS A/PTR Record in Windows Server 2019


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