Add DNSMadeEasy as a secondary DNS server

For an overview of SecondaryDNS, have a look at our introduction article.


You can get started with Secondary DNS from the DNS section of the domain management page.

DNS management page

Select DNSMadeEasy as the provider. Click Enable at the bottom of the form. The name servers and IP addresses DNSMadeEasy is expecting are already filled in for you.

DNSimple configuration with DNSMadeEasy

A confirmation message will tell you Secondary DNS has been enabled from the DNSimple side.

DNSimple configuration is successful

Log into your DNSMadeEasy account. The first thing you’ll do is to create the IP set that enables zone communication between DNSimple and DNSMadeEasy. From the top navigation menu, select Advanced, then Secondary IP Sets.

Access the IP set menu from DNSMadeEasy

At the time of writing, DNSMadeEasy only accepts IPv4 for Secondary DNS

Add a new IPv4 set with the following values:

  • Name:
  • IPs:

DNSMadeEasy IP set

Now add the domain. From the top navigation menu, select DNS then Secondary DNS.

DNSMadeEasy secondary DNS menu

Click on Add Secondary.

DNSMadeEasy adding secondary button

In the popup, type your domain name, and select the IP set you just created.

DNSMadeEasy adding secondary configuration

If the configuration is correct, a success message will appear. You’ll be taken to the detail page for your domain.

DNSMadeEasy configuration successful

At the bottom of the screen, you might see an error message that the zone is out of sync. You may need to wait a few minutes for the zones to synchronize.

DNSMadeEasy configuration details not in sync

Refresh the page after a few minutes. If the configuration is working properly, you should see a section showing you the health of the secondary name servers.

DNSMadeEasy configuration details working

Another way to verify your configuration is by using dig and querying one of the DNSMadeEasy name servers. Read more about dig in our overview article.

From your terminal, type the following dig command, replacing with your domain:

$ dig soa

The query should return all the DNSimple and DNSMadeEasy name servers in the AUTHORITY SECTION.

; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> soa
; (1 server found)
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 33777
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 7, ADDITIONAL: 0
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available

;   IN  SOA

;; ANSWER SECTION:  3600  IN  SOA 1425544360 86400 7200 604800 300

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:  3600  IN  NS  3600  IN  NS  3600  IN  NS  3600  IN  NS  3600  IN  NS  3600  IN  NS  3600  IN  NS

;; Query time: 55 msec
;; WHEN: Thu Mar  5 09:40:40 2015
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 228

Congratulations, your secondary DNS is now working with DNSMadeEasy.