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How do I update my DNS servers?

Updating your DNS (Domain Name System) servers is a common task that involves changing the servers responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. The steps to update DNS servers can vary based on your specific situation, such as whether you’re managing your own server, using a hosting provider, or configuring DNS on your computer. Here are general guidelines for different scenarios:

1. Updating DNS Servers on Your Computer:

For Windows:

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Go to “Network and Sharing Center.”
  3. Click on “Change adapter settings.”
  4. Right-click on your active network connection and select “Properties.”
  5. Choose “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click “Properties.”
  6. Select “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the new DNS server addresses.
  7. Click “OK” to save changes.

For macOS:

  1. Go to “System Preferences.”
  2. Click on “Network.”
  3. Select your active network connection.
  4. Click “Advanced.”
  5. Go to the “DNS” tab.
  6. Add or edit DNS server addresses.
  7. Click “OK” to save changes.

2. Changing DNS Servers on Your Router:

  1. Access your router’s web interface (usually by entering the router’s IP address in a web browser).
  2. Log in with your router credentials.
  3. Locate the DNS settings in the router’s configuration menu.
  4. Enter the new DNS server addresses.
  5. Save or apply the changes.

3. Updating DNS at Your Domain Registrar:

If you’re managing DNS for a domain and want to update the authoritative DNS servers:

  1. Log in to your domain registrar’s website.
  2. Find the domain management or DNS settings section.
  3. Locate the DNS server settings.
  4. Replace the existing DNS server addresses with the new ones provided by your hosting provider or DNS service.
  5. Save the changes.

4. Changing DNS Servers in cPanel (if applicable):

  1. Log in to your cPanel.
  2. Navigate to the “Domains” section.
  3. Click on “Simple DNS Zone Editor” or “Advanced Zone Editor.”
  4. Update the DNS records with the new server addresses.
  5. Save or update the zone.

5. Updating DNS for a Cloud Service (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud):

  1. Log in to your cloud service provider’s console.
  2. Locate the DNS or Networking section.
  3. Update the DNS settings with the new server addresses.
  4. Save or apply the changes.

Remember that DNS changes may take some time to propagate across the internet, and during this propagation period, users may experience intermittent access to your website or services. It’s a good practice to note the previous DNS settings or take a screenshot before making changes for reference. If you’re unsure about the specific steps for your situation, consult the documentation provided by your hosting provider, domain registrar, or network equipment manufacturer.