OT: Domain Registration

Derek Ragona derek at computinginnovations.com
Tue Apr 25 12:43:22 UTC 2006


You assumptions are just about right . . .but here are the corrections . . .

To mange your own DNS you need to name servers, a primary and a secondary.

When you buy the domain name you specify the name servers.  Some registrars 
want the name and IP, some just want the IP, some just want the name.  But 
you need to provide these.  While this seems a bit chick and egg (as it 
what comes first.) it doesn't matter.  Just have your domain names and DNS 
map files ready.

I believe what you mean my subdomain records you mean host A records.  You 
just add these records to your map files, and update the serial number in 
that file, and restart named.

Secondary name servers look for the serial number in the map file and will 
update their maps when they detect a new serial number.

Don't forget to provide reverse IP maps as well as forward maps.

Hope this helps.


At 06:44 AM 4/25/2006, martin at orbweavers.co.uk wrote:

>Hi All,
>    I know this is off topic, but I can't think of a good place to ask this
>where knowledgable people will answer, and this list usually has a high
>tolerence of ot but technical questions (plus I will be using a FreeBSD
>server, so it is not _entirely_ OT :)
>    I'm looking to setup my server as a domain name server. I already have
>it setup for internal use, but last time when I tried to have the
>internet at large using it, I had real trouble explaining to my ISP
>that I wanted my server as the main domain controller, the best they
>could do was pointing www.domain to my server. They wern't even
>able/willing to point the mx record directly to my server, it goes
>through their relay first.
>    It has done the job so far, and there is really no reason why I can't
>manage with this, but I am getting a new domain and would like to get
>it all sorted out the way I would like (my main justification for
>hosting it myself is the flexibility to add on sub-domains and such,
>but the real reason is that I am a control freak and like to tinker).
>   I assume what should happen is
>       - I buy a domain from registrar X
>       - X sets that domain to point to my dns server as the master server
>       - X hosts a secondary dns server
>       - I can then add subdomains to my domain which will directly
>propagate on the internet, set the various MX and ilk to whatever I
>want etc. without having to contact a 3rd party
>   My further assumptions are
>       - The secondary server will either update from my server directly OR
>I will need to contact X to add anything new for me.
>   My questions are -
>      a) Are my assumptions correct?
>      b) What would be the best way to explain this to a phone drone?
>      c) Can anyone recommend a good registrar that will be able to set
>this up with minimum fuss (and cost)?
>      d) Are there any good reasons not to do it this way (remember, this
>is not a mission critical setup, and its main purpose is to tinker)
>Martin McCann
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