How to configure dns server

Level of difficulty: Easy

Often, newbie computer users have been baffled by strange terms and directions while trying to set up their domestic internet connections. One of these terms that require some amount of understanding and explanation is the DNS server. The DNS or the Domain Name System is an expansive system that co-ordinates and manages the names of websites and other Internet domains. DNS facilitates us to just type any particular web address on the browser window, and the computer automatically scouts for that address over the internet. The DNS system is built up as a conglomerated unit spread worldwide and mane up of numerous DNS servers.

Materials Needed:
- Specialized software
Step 1
A DNS server could be any computer system registered and authorized to link to the Domain Name System. Normally, its functions include executing specific networking software and associated systems and hosting a public IP address. It also maintains a database of network names and address details for Internet hosts. So how does one set up a DNS server
Step 2
If one has a personal network spanning multiple computers (4 is often thought of as the ideal mark), the setting up a private DNS server is definitely advantageous. But just setting up the DNS server might not solve some major snags if one doesn’t know how to configure the server. One of the most common ways to configure the DNS server without going into networking intricacies is through OpenDNS. OpenDNS is presents an extremely well-built, user-friendly way to appropriate the DNS according one’s own networking requirements. To start, one must select CONTROL PANEL from the START menu. From the explorer window on the control panel, click on the NETWORK CONNECTIONS icon. Once the NETWORK CONNECTIONS window opens, select the requisite connection that one needs to work with. (Note: if one has multiple LAN linkages, selecting the right connection might be trickier. It is advisable to temporarily disable these connections for better effect). Once the selection has been made, click on its properties tab. From the next window, one must select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click on PROPERTIES. After this, select the option which prompts USE THE FOLLOWING DNS SERVER ADRESSES and type in the OpenDNS addresses in the fields that say PREFERRED DNS SERVER and ALTERNATE DNS SERVER. This being done, click OK and return to the main desktop. The current DNS settings are to be remembered or preferably, noted down in case one would want a roll-back/return to the current settings. As like every process, the computer needs to be restarted after initializing this change.