How to Use IP Address Manager to Monitor and Manage DNS Servers

How to Use IP Address Manager to Monitor and Manage DNS Servers

Every major network has DNS servers. It stores the IP addresses for the linked devices. The DHCP server, or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, allocates the available addresses. We all know that networks are growing in size and that speed is vital. Network connectivity speed is becoming more important than ever. In the network world, one downtime or network outage for end-users puts you behind your competition. Thus, monitoring your IP address infrastructure is and will be critical. There are several automated technologies available that make the job of network administrators much easier than if done manually.

So, what?

To complete this instruction, you will need to install the Solarwinds IPAM utility (download here). IP Address Manager combines with Network Performance Monitor to provide deeper network information. If you don’t know how, don’t worry, we’ve already written an article that will walk you through it. Start by reading our article “Track and Manage IP Addresses Using IP Address Manager”.

Also, make sure the DNS server you wish to monitor is added as a node to Solarwinds IPAM. This implies you must add it to IPAM as a different IP address, as described above before you can monitor the node or DNS server independently. IP Address Manager supports Windows DNS servers 2008, 2003, 2012, 2012R2 and 2016. Bind DNS 9.1 through 9.11n are also supported.

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Adding a DNS Server

Once you’ve installed IPAM and added the DNS server as a node, you may start adding it as a DNS server. It’s simple to accomplish with Solarwinds’ Orion platform’s user-friendly UI. Once added, Solarwinds IPAM will automatically update the DNS records. How to:

  1. Log in to the Orion web console as an administrator.
  2. After logging in, select My Dashboard > DHCP and DNS Management.
  3. Go to the DNS Servers page to see the latest DNS servers added. In the absence of a DNS server, it will be empty.
  4. To add a DNS server, click Add New, then select DNS Server from the drop-down menu.
  5. Under Choose DNS Server, select the node you wish to add as a DNS server.
  6. Then pick the credentials method for the server. Finally, click the Test button to verify the credentials.
  7. To enable DNS Zone transfers, choose Enable Scanning. IP Address Manage will periodically monitor the DNS server for new zones and settings.
  8. Add the node as a DNS server by clicking Add Server.

How to Add a DNS Zone

You can also add a DNS zone to IPAM if the DNS server has authority over it. Thus, one DNS server can control many DNS zones. IPAM supports primary, secondary, and stub DNS zones.

To add a zone, follow these steps:

  1. Go to My Dashboards > IP Addresses > DHCP and DNS Management in Orion.
  2. Go to the DNS Zones tab. To add a new DNS zone, click the Add New button and pick it from the drop-down.
  3. To apply a zone to a DNS server, select it from the drop-down list on the Choose DNS Server screen.
  4. Then select the zone type. The primary zone can be stored in Active Directory if the DNS Server is a domain controller. Secondary and stub zones require a Master DNS Server.
  5. After that, choose DNS Lookup. In this case, you must supply a DNS name for the zone. Providing the Network IP or Reverse Lookup Zone Name is required. Then Next.
  6. You can name the zone file or use the default name. The DNS zone data is kept here on the DNS server machine.
  7. You may activate Zone Transfers and choose an interval for them. However, synchronizing secondaries with the master DNS server requires zone transfers.
  8. You may also allow incremental zone transfers, which only pull updates required to synchronize.
  9. Then click Next.
  10. Finally, examine your information and make sure everything is correct. Then click Create Zone. To confirm, click OK.

Editing and Removing DNS Servers or Zones

Once you’ve installed DNS servers and zones, you may edit them at any time using the DNS and DHCP Management page. From there, you may delete a DNS zone or server if you wish to.

User Questions:

What is the best way to handle DNS servers?

Select StartAdministrative ToolsServer Manager from the Start menu. To add the DNS role, navigate to the Server Roles section, select the Add Roles link, and then follow the wizard steps to complete the process. You can administer a DNS server using the DNS management console, which you may access once you have configured the DNS server.

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What is the best way to determine whether DNS is functioning properly on a server?

  • Open a web browser on your computer.
  • Log in to the router portal by entering the IP address of the router.
  • Navigate to the network tools section.
  • As the test method, select the nslookup option from the drop-down menu.

What is the best way to keep track of my DNS server windows?

Navigate to the following location in Event Viewer: Applications and Services Logs\Microsoft\Windows\DNS-Server. Right-click DNS-Server, select View from the context menu, and then select Show Analytic and Debug Logs. The Analytical log will be shown to the user.

What is the purpose of monitoring the DNS process?

The primary goal of a DNS monitoring tool is to track DNS requests and servers for performance issues, just like you would with any other network in your architecture, and to alert you when problems arise. Companies that rely on the Internet to do business must ensure that their DNS performance remains at optimal levels.

What exactly is DNS monitoring, and why is it so critical?

DNS monitoring enables you to discover and handle various DNS issues and breaches of various sizes and sorts. Many are the consequence of malicious activity and might constitute a significant danger to your firm’s data security.