4.5 Creating and Deleting a DNS Record

The following example specifies how to create a DNS record representing the IPv4 address "" for the host named "host1" in the existing primary zone named "example.com". The new record will have a TTL of one hour.

The client formats a DNS_RPC_RECORD structure (section, stored on the stack or elsewhere using a buffer at least large enough to hold the DNS_RPC_RECORD structure plus the DNS_RPC_RECORD_DATA in the Buffer member, to represent the new record data as follows:

  • wDataLength is set to the size of the data that will be stored in the Buffer member. In this case, because the record data will be a DNS_RPC_RECORD_A (section structure, the value of wDataLength is set to 4.

  • wType is set to the desired record type (section, in this case DNS_TYPE_A.

  • dwFlags, dwSerial, dwTimeStamp, and dwReserved are set to zero.

  • dwTtlSeconds is set to the desired TTL value in seconds, in this case 3600 for one hour.

  • The client formats the Buffer member as a DNS_RPC_RECORD_A structure. The byte values 0x01, 0x02, 0x03, and 0x04 are set in the four bytes of memory starting at the offset of Buffer.

The client calls R_DnssrvUpdateRecord2 and provides the following parameters:

  • DNS_RPC_CURRENT_CLIENT_VER as the client version.

  • Zero as the settings flag.

  • A Unicode string containing the FQDN of the DNS server on which the operation is to be performed.

  • "example.com" as the zone name.

  • "host1" as the node name.

  • A pointer to the DNS_RPC_RECORD created above as the pAddRecord parameter.

  • A NULL pointer as the pDeleteRecord pointer.

The DNS server will return ERROR_SUCCESS if the record was successfully created or a Windows error code on failure.

To delete this DNS record, format a DNS_RPC_RECORD structure exactly as described above, and call R_DnssrvUpdateRecord2 in exactly the same way but pass NULL as the pAddRecord parameter and the DNS_RPC_RECORD pointer as the pDeleteRecord.