No dynamic updates on a classless reverse lookup zone

This article provides workarounds for an issue where Domain Name System (DNS) dynamic updates of Pointer (PTR) records can't be performed on a classless reverse lookup zone.

Original product version:   Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number:   253575

Symptoms

Domain Name System (DNS) dynamic updates of Pointer (PTR) records cannot be performed on a classless reverse lookup zone.

Workaround

To create PTR records in a reverse lookup zone, follow these steps on the parent and child DNS servers:

On the parent DNS server

  1. Create a non-subnetted reverse lookup zone. For example, if you have subnetted your 192.168.1.0 network into two subnets, 192.168.1.0-127 and 192.168.1.128-255, and you want to create reverse lookup zones for the first subnet, create a reverse lookup zone for 192.168.1.0. The zone name is 1.168.192.in-addr.arpa.
  2. Right-click the new zone, and then click New Delegation.
  3. Click Next. In the Delegated Domain box, type 0/25, where 0 is the subnet address and 25 is the number of bits used for subnetting.
  4. Click Next. Add the child DNS server's name and address when you are prompted, click OK, and then click Finish.
  5. Right-click the parent zone (not the delegated zone), and then click New Alias.
  6. Type the alias (the last octet of the IP address). For example, type 1 for a host with an IP address of 192.168.1.1.
  7. In the Fully Qualified Domain Name box, type the CNAME value. For example, type 1.0/25.1.168.192.in-addr.arpa, and then click OK.
  8. Repeat steps 6 through 8 for every host that needs to be added.

On the child DNS server

  1. On the child DNS server, create a subnetted reverse lookup zone. For example, 0/25.1.168.192.in-addr.arpa.
  2. Create PTR records for every host under the new zone. In the Host IP Number box, type the last octet of the IP address. In the Host Name box, type the fully qualified domain name of the host.

Note

This example is for a subnetted class C network. For networks that use other class addresses, make the appropriate changes. For more information about subnetted reverse lookup zones, see How to configure a subnetted reverse lookup zone.

Status

This behavior is by design. It is not possible to perform dynamic updates of DNS records on a classless reverse lookup zone.

For more information, see Configuring and Delegating a Classless In-addr .arpa Reverse Lookup Zone.

Note

Dynamic update does not work with classless in - addr.arpa zones. If you need to dynamically update PTR resource records, do not use classless zones.

For Windows Server 2008 R2, see Adding a resource record to a reverse lookup zone.