How to add a new DNS zone and manage DNS Records For a Domain Hosted on Windows VPS?

This tutorial will assist you in adding a new DNS Zone, add/edit/delete various DNS records in DNS Zone, and editing nameservers from Microsoft DNS Server. Please note that if you have opted for the control panel, it is recommended to add/edit/delete DNS records only from the control panel only. Please refer to the manage DNS record in SolidCP for more details. In case you have not opted for the control panel, you may follow the below-mentioned steps.

1. Log in to your VPS via Remote Desktop. Please refer to how to connect windows VPS using RDP for more details.

2. Go to Start  >> Administrative Tools >> DNS.

3. Expand the server tab [name of your computer, e.g., HV01ACCU100].

Add New DNS Zone (Forward Lookup Zone)

1. Right-click on Forward Lookup Zones and click on New Zone.

Add New Zone from Forward Lookup Zones
2. Click on Next.

Click on Next to Proceed

3. Select the zone type as Primary zone and click on Next.

Select Primary Zone Option


4. Type your domain name in New Zone Wizard dialog box, e.g.,

Specify Domain Name as Zone Name

5. Select Create a new file with this file name option under Zone File.

Select Create a New File with this File Name Option
6. Check Do not Allow Dynamic Updates and click Next.

Select Allow Both Non Secure and Secure Dynamic Updates Option
7. Click on Finish.

Click on Finish to Complete the Wizard

Add A, MX, and Nameservers Records to DNS Zone

A Records

1. In order to add A records to DNS Zone, right-click on the DNS Zone name and select New Host (A or AAAA). A specifies that you are adding an IP version 4 (IPv4) host resource record type of the record. AAAA specifies that you are adding an IP version 6 (IPv6)host resource record type of the record.

Add A Records
2. In New Host Window, enter the name of the record (If you keep it blank, it will use the parent domain).

New Host
3. Enter the IP address of your server name. If you check the checkbox Create Associated pointer (PTR) Record and click Add Host, you may receive a dialog box that appears with the message You can only create PTR records if the corresponding reverse lookup zone is available. This error indicates that you have not created a corresponding reverse lookup zone, created with an incorrect zone name or network ID.

In some cases, ISP or Web Hosting providers do not allow the end customers to add a reverse lookup zone. In such cases, even if you add a reverse lookup zone, it would not get into effect until your ISP/Web Hosting providers add them at the main DNS Zone. By checking this option, A record will be created without creating a corresponding PTR record. By following the steps, you need to add the following A records.

  • *.........(*
  • FTP......(
  • WWW...(
  • Mail......(

4. To edit/delete existing records, select the DNS record your wish to edit/delete and right-click on it. Click the Delete button to delete it and the Properties button to edit it.

 Edit-Delete Records

MX Record

1. In order to add MX records to DNS Zone, right-click on the Zone name and select New Mail Exchanger (MX) record. 

Add MX Record
2. Keep the Host or Child Domain field blank. Enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name ( of the mail server and set priority ( 0 = Highest priority ). Similarly, you can also add CNAME and other new records.

New MX Record

Update Nameservers

1. Double-click on Zone name, and Click on Name Server (NS) type.

2. Select the Name Server tab. Select  "Fully Qualified Domain name" and click on Edit.

Edit Nameservers
3. Enter your desired nameservers and add an IP address. Repeat the above steps for other nameservers. Please note that you can use the same or different IP address for both nameservers. If your domain registrar is giving an error of the same IP address, then you have to purchase an additional IP address.

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