Secondary DNS configuration with EasyDNS

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

Requirements

Getting started with Secondary DNS is possible from the DNS section of the domain management page.

DNS management page

From DNSimple, select EasyDNS as the provider and click Enable at the bottom of the form. The name servers and IP addresses that EasyDNS is expecting are already filled in for you.

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

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Log into your EasyDNS account. The first thing we are going to do is add the domain.

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Select the option Get DNS for the domain.

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Go through the payment process. Any plan support secondary DNS. When you are finish, the domain is added and ready to be managed. Click on manage

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From the DNS settings tab, we are going to tell EasyDNS the primary nameserver, in this case, us DNSimple. Click on primary NS

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Now let’s add the IP address that we have configured at DNSimple: 50.31.225.92

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And then confirm the changes

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Note that it can take up to one hour for the first zone transfer. To check if your secondary is configured correctly, select the Tools tab and then check the zone file.

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If everything is working correctly, you should see the DNSimple and EasyDNS nameservers.

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

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

$ dig @xfr0.easydns.com example.com soa

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

; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> @xfr0.easydns.com example.com soa
; (1 server found)
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 58869
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 5, ADDITIONAL: 1
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;example.com.    IN  SOA

;; ANSWER SECTION:
example.com. 3600  IN  SOA axfr.dnsimple.com. admin.dnsimple.com. 1425558979 86400 7200 604800 300

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
example.com. 3600  IN  NS  xfr0.easydns.com.
example.com. 3600  IN  NS  ns4.dnsimple.com.
example.com. 3600  IN  NS  ns2.dnsimple.com.
example.com. 3600  IN  NS  ns1.dnsimple.com.
example.com. 3600  IN  NS  ns3.dnsimple.com.

;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
xfr0.easydns.com. 300 IN  A 64.68.200.91

;; Query time: 158 msec
;; SERVER: 64.68.200.91#53(64.68.200.91)
;; WHEN: Thu Mar  5 15:12:42 2015
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 205

Congratulations, your secondary DNS is now working with EasyDNS.