Manage Microsoft DNS with Mobile Admin

This section provides information about how to use the Mobile Admin Client to manage Microsoft Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

The procedures in this section assume you are logged in to Mobile Admin and have selected a DNS server manager from your server list.

Detection

The Mobile Admin sever will detect if the DNS service is running on the selected host.

Authentication

The Mobile Admin login credentials are used when managing DNS.

Communication method

Windows Management Instrumentation is used to manage DNS.

View DNS information, manage zones, and add records

Clear the server cache

  1. From the Mobile Admin Manage Services screen or from a view of a server reached from the Mobile Admin Manage Hosts screen, click the DNS icon.
  2. On the menu, click Clear Cache.

Scavenge stale resource records

From a view of the DNS screen, click Scavenge Stale Records on the menu.

Forward and reverse lookup zones

From a view of the DNS screen, select Forward Lookup Zones or Reverse Lookup Zones.

Subdomain and resource records within a zone

From a view of either the forward or reverse lookup zones, select the zone that you want to view subdomains and resource records for.

Subdomain and Resource Records within a Subdomain

  1. From a view of either the forward of reverse lookup zones, select the zone that you want to view subdomains and resource records for.
  2. If required, select the subdomain you want to view subdomains and resource records for.

Reload a zone

  1. From a view of the forward or reverse lookup zones, select the zone that you want to reload.
  2. On the menu, click Reload Zone.

Pause a zone and resume a paused zone

  1. From a view of the forward or reverse lookup zones, select the zone that you want to reload.
  2. On the menu, click Pause Zone.
  3. To resume a paused zone, select the zone you want to resume and click Start Zone on the menu.

Add a new record (A, CNAME, MX and PTR)

  1. From a view of the forward or reverse lookup zones, select the zone that you want to add a record for.
  2. On the menu, click New Record.
  3. Select the type of record you want to create.
  4. After entering the appropriate information, select Save on the menu.
If Then
You are creating a Host (A) record

Complete the following fields:

  • Host (uses parent domain if left blank) – type the name of the host.
  • IP Address – type the IP address of the host.
You are creating an Alias (CNAME) record

Complete the following fields:

  • Alias Name – type the name of the alias host name.
  • Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for target host – type the FQDN that the alias will point to.
You are creating a Mail Exchanger (MX) record

Complete the following fields:

  • Host (uses parent domain if left blank) – type the name of the host.
  • Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of mail server – type the FQDN of the mail server.
  • Mail Server Priority – type a number to define the priority for this mail route (default is 10).
You are creating a Pointer (PTR) record

Complete the following fields:

  • Host IP Number – type the IP address of the host.
  • Host Name – type the name of the host.

View, edit, and delete record properties (all types)

  1. From a view of the forward or reverse lookup zones, select the zone that you want to view, delete, or edit record properties for.
  2. Select the record that you want to view or change.

    If you wish to delete this record select Delete from the options menu.

  3. To edit the record's properties do one the following listed in the table below and click Save.
If Then
You are changing a Host (A) record

Edit the following fields:

  • Host (uses parent domain if left blank) – the name of the host.
  • IP Address – the IP address of the host.
You are changing an Alias CNAME) record

Edit the following fields:

  • Alias Name – type the name of the alias host name.
  • Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for target host – the FQDN that the alias will point to.
You are changing a Mail Exchanger (MX) record

Edit the following fields:

  • Host (uses parent domain if left blank) – the name of the host.
  • Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of mail server – the FQDN of the mail server.
  • Mail Server Priority – a number to define the priority for this mail route (default is 10).
You are changing a Name Server (NS) record

Edit the following field:

  • Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of mail server – the FQDN of the mail server.
You are changing a Pointer (PTR) record

Edit the following fields:

  • Host IP Number – the IP address of the host.
  • Host Name – the name of the host.
You are changing a Start of Authority (SOA) record

Edit the following fields:

  • Serial Number – the serial number for the zone to which the record belongs.
  • Primary Server – the name of the authoritative DNS Server for the zone.
  • Responsible Party – the name of the responsible party for the zone to which the record belongs.
  • Refresh Interval (seconds) – the time, in seconds, before the zone containing this record should be refreshed.
  • Retry Interval (seconds) – the time, in seconds, before retrying a failed refresh of the zone to which this record belongs.
  • Expires after (seconds) – the time, in seconds, before an unresponsive zone is no longer authoritative.
  • Minimum (default) TTL (seconds) – the lower limit on the time, in seconds, that a DNS Server or caching resolver are allowed to cache any resource record from the zone to which this record belongs.
  • TTL for this record (seconds) – the amount of time, in seconds, that a DNS Server or caching resolver are allowed to cache any resource record from the zone to which this record belongs.