In a previous article, I extolled the virtues of DNS on Windows. In particular, I love the scripting interface that DNSCMD provides. In that article, I claimed: “Need to create 500 host records, both forward and reverse, in different domains and subnets? DNSCMD can do it with a 1-line script… there is no *nix alternative that is this simple or powerful.” Well, enough people have been bugging me to provide it so here is is:

REM### Copyright 2008 William L. Dougherty
REM### Script for bulk uploading DNS records into Windows DNS
REM### Script requires hosts.txt file in format: FQDN,IPADDR 1 host per line
REM### Example:,,
for /F “tokens=1-7 delims=,. ” %%a in (hosts.txt) do dnscmd /recordadd %%b.%%c %%a a %%d.%%e.%%f.%%g && dnscmd /recordadd %%g ptr %%a.%%b.%%c

Just put it into a batch file and you are good to go. Simple, right? Well, maybe I should explain. (read more…)