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Setting up our own DNS server

By bwfnick ·
Here is my question: Currently our ISP is the register DNS server for our internet domain name, which is setup through Network Solutions.

Now I have setup our own DNS server with a zone for our domain name, I have the local users here and offsite use this DNS server for their main DNS and it works fine, but now I want to have all queries from the outside world that want to get to our domain name, to use this DNS server. But, I also want to have our ISP's DNS server to be the secondary in case ours fails.

So, what I intended on doing is: Access my account through Network Solutions website, and edit the listed DNS servers for this domain(we'll call it MYDOMAIN for example). Now, here is where I am confused. I originally was going to put the IP address of our DNS server as the primary and leave our ISP's DNS server as the secondary, but you can only enter in fully qualified domain names,, not ip addresses.. So, now if I put in for example, NS.MYDOMAIN.COM .. how would anyone get to WWW.MYDOMAIN.COM because you need to go to NS.MYDOMAIN.COM to get to WWW.MYDOMAIN.COM.. how is that going to work.. I am confused. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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by bwfnick In reply to Setting up our own DNS se ...

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by sharon In reply to Setting up our own DNS se ...

The way our dns servers are set up (through bulk register) you have to edit your domain, then go to child dns servers. this is where you enter the ip address for the new name server. THEN, you add the fqdn in the primary or secondary name server. i'm not sure how network solutions handles dns changes, but it sound like you need to find the correct place to enter your ip's.

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Thanks but the answer below was what I needed.

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by ChrisDent In reply to Setting up our own DNS se ...

We use UKReg instead, but the situation is very much the same, the name server has to be a FQDN.

However, we also have the option to modify the host records for the name servers which supplies the IP addresses for the FQDN specified.

That allows the name server to effectively list itself as the name server and the primary authority for the domain.

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by bwfnick In reply to

This answer has most effectively lead me to the correct path. Basically I just register my DNS name with a higher authority, that being Network Solutions. This allows the name server to effectively list itself as the name server and the primary authority for the domain. Thanks.

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