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Setting up Microsoft DNS Server for ORF

Article was last updated on September 7, 2015. View products that this article applies to.


It is recommended to use a local DNS server for the ORF lookups (unless you are using ORF 5.4 or newer, when the built-in resolver is recommended — see the related ORF help topic regarding this). The following article describes the process of installing a local DNS server on Windows Server 2008 servers which satisfies the DNS requirements of ORF.

Please consider that DNS management is a quite complex topic: the following article cannot cover all details and explain all terms. It also cannot cover setup instructions for complex environments, it only intends to provide basic instructions. For more information regarding the configuration of Windows DNS servers, we recommend reading the related articles provided by Microsoft.


Installing a Domain Name System (DNS) server involves adding the DNS server role to an existing Windows Server 2008 server. Membership in the Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

  1. Open the Server Manager.
  2. In the results pane, under Roles Summary, click Add roles.
  3. If the Before You Begin page appears in the Add Roles Wizard, click Next.
  4. In the Roles list, click DNS Server, and then click Next.
  5. Read the information on the DNS Server page, and then click Next.
  6. On the Confirm Installation Options page, verify that the DNS Server role will be installed, and then click Install


For the detailed configuration and troubleshooting information, please consult the documentation released by Microsoft: DNS in Small Networks Step-by-Step Guide (.DOC, 535 KB).

Applies To

The article above is not specific to any ORF versions.

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