DNS: IP addresses that belong to a valid range must be configured on <adapter name>

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer or Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the DNS Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer or DNS Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012








Network interfaces must be configured with IP addresses that belong to a valid range. The interfaces on the adapter have IP addresses that belong to the range -


Without a valid IP address, the computer will not communicate with other network computers.

Before you install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and DNS on the first domain controller server in a new domain, make sure that the IP address of the server is static, meaning it is not assigned by Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). DNS servers must have static addresses to be sure that they can be located reliably.


Configure a valid IP addresses on the adapter.

We recommend that you configure the computer to use a static IP address that does not belong to the range - If the DNS server is configured to use an IP address belonging to the range -, clients will not be able to resolve the address or locate the DNS server.

To configure IPv4 addressing

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, click Network and Sharing Center, click Change Adapter settings, double-click the network connection you want to change, and then click Properties.

  2. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

  3. Click Use the following IP address, and do one of the following:

    • For a local area connection, in IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway, type the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway addresses.

    • For all other connections, in IP address, type the IP address.

  4. Click Use the following DNS server addresses.

  5. In Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server, type the primary and secondary DNS server addresses.