Setting DNS to point to a server

Your Mac may need to point to your server for DNS. While you can often configure this at the router level with DHCP, here’s how to set it on an individual Mac.

  1. Click the Apple menu and choose System Preferences. Choose Network.
  2. Select your primary network interface. For example, if you’re using a wired network, choose Ethernet. For wi-fi, select Wi-Fi.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Choose DNS.
  5. Click the + button under DNS Servers. Enter the IP address of the server.
  6. Click the + button under Search Domains. Enter the name of the server (such as example.private or
  7. Drag your server’s DNS and domain server entry to the top to give it first priority. Then click OK.
  8. Repeat steps 2–7 for other network interfaces.
  9. Close the Network window.

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