Verifying DNS Server Configuration Using the DNS Console

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 24 Feb. 2010 / Last Updated on 5 June 2009]

How to verify the configuration of a DNS server by performing test queries against it.

You can use the DNS console to verify the configuration of your DNS server by performing test queries against it. To do this, perform the following steps:

1. Open the DNS console on a computer that has RSAT installed and connect to your DNS server.

2. Right-click the DNS server node and select Properties.

3. Select the Monitoring tab on the DNS server’s properties sheet.

4. Select the check boxes for the types of queries you want to test and click Test Now.

5. You can also configure automatic testing periodically as indicated.

For more information on managing DNS servers, 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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