In the world of DNS, Reverse Lookup Zones requests the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) that corresponds to an IP address. When you query an IP, reverse lookup helps you get the FQDN associated with that IP. 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.

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You will get the window as shown below.

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Step 2: Open a new zone

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

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Step 3: Go ahead and follow the Wizard Prompts

Click “Next” on the first window.

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

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Step 5: Add a Reverse Lookup Zone

We are adding a “Forward Lookup Zone” here. Choose that radio button and hit “Next

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Step 6: Choose IPv4 Reverse Lookup Zone

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Step 7: Enter NetworkID

In this step, you can either enter NetworkID or Reverse lookup zone name. Explanations are on the same window for clarity.

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Step 8: Input Zone File name

The auto-created file name is sufficient for this step. You can leave it that way not unless you really need to change it.

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Step 9: Decide if you want Dynamic Update

Just click “Next” here to keep the defaults not unless you are happy with other settings.

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Step 10: Finish up the Setup

Simply click on “Finish

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Step 11: Confirm your settings

Go over to DNS Manager and check your Reverse Lookup Zones if what we have configured is added.

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For adding records, check:

How To add DNS A/PTR Record in Windows Server 2019


We hope your Reverse Lookup zone is working well and you enjoyed this session. Check below for other guides similar to this one.

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