Configuring Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 / Windows Server 2012R2 to use local DNS server

Right-click the Windows Start button (lower left corner of Windows desktop), and select "Network Connections":
Then in the "Network Connections" window, right-click your primary network connection, and select "Properties":
Select the "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" item, and click the "Properties" button:
Select "Use the following DNS servers addresses", and enter the IP address of the local DNS server (*) as the Preferred DNS server:
Finally click the "OK" button in this and the previous dialog to save your changes.

(*) The DNS server IP address must match an IP address that Simple DNS Plus is configured to listen on in the Options dialog / DNS / Inbound Requests section.
If you are configuring the computer which Simple DNS Plus is running on, you can use (the "localhost" address) - otherwise you must use an IP address which is accessible over the local area network.

NOTE: We also recommend disabling the "DNS Client" service

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