Creating a Reverse Lookup Zone using DNSCMD

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 29 Oct. 2009 / Last Updated on 3 May 2009]

An example of how to use the DNSCMD command to create a reverse lookup zone from the command-line.

If your DNS server is running Windows Server Core, you can create reverse lookup zones from the command-line by using the DNSCMD command. While forward lookup zones are named using the FQDN of the domain to which the zone maps, reverse lookup zones are named using the following convention:

[octet address form of network ID in reverse order]

For example, if the network ID for clients in the forward lookup zone is 172.16.11/24 (that is, with subnet mask, then the reverse lookup zone usually is named

As an example, you can use the following command to create a reverse lookup standard primary zone named on a DNS server named SEA-SC4:

dnscmd SEA-SC4 /zoneadd /primary

For more information on managing DNS servers running on Windows Server Core, see my book Windows Server 2008 Server Core Administrator's Pocket Consultant from Microsoft Press.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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