JP Vossen on 8 Jan 2011 14:48:59 -0800

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: [PLUG] [Solved] eMail Delivery/Domain Name Problem

Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 12:55:35 -0500
From: Casey Bralla<>


Second BTW, I had resisted using the lower cost "Go Daddy" registrar because I
thought they weren't too serious.  But with this problem with
(which they were completely unable to even understand), maybe I need to re-
examine how good is at providing DNS services.

Check out, which does DNS hosting (primary and/or secondary) for free. I've been using them for years and have been happy.

It's free, so there is little to no support, but once you get the config right it mostly Just Works. I use them for my secondary name servers and run my own SOA on Lenny's BIND9.

Their site is a bit disjointed and there is conflicting advice on their update and FAQ pages, and it can be non-trivial to get it working if you are not familiar with BIND. (I mentioned "free," right?)

At a high level, all you do is set your BIND (or whatever) server and firewall to "allow-transfer" and your zone to use them. Then you tell your registrar about all the servers. Also make sure your SOA is your server, which makes it clear that others are secondaries.

For my Debian Lenny BIND9 config I have:

	@               IN      NS
	@               IN      NS

        allow-transfer {
                # (

If you aren't using BIND, I'm not sure, though I suspect the config will be similar, if perhaps more straightforward. ;-)

All that stuff I just said sounds kinda scary, but it's really not any different than figuring out and running BIND yourself.

JP Vossen, CISSP            |:::======|
My Account, My Opinions     |=========|
"Microsoft Tax" = the additional hardware & yearly fees for the add-on
software required to protect Windows from its own poorly designed and
implemented self, while the overhead incidentally flattens Moore's Law.
Philadelphia Linux Users Group         --
Announcements -
General Discussion  --