Add EasyDNS 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

From DNSimple, select EasyDNS as the provider. 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.

DNSimple configuration is successful

Log into your EasyDNS account. The first thing you’ll do is add the domain.

EasyDNS has both a tabbed and one-page view. Your interface may look different depending on the layout you’ve selected, though the instructions below are the same.

DNSimple configuration is successful

Select the option Use an existing domain for the domain.

DNSimple configuration is successful

Go through the payment process. Any plan supports secondary DNS. When you’re finished, the domain is added and ready to be managed. Click on manage.

DNSimple configuration is successful

From the DNS settings tab, you’ll tell EasyDNS the primary name server. In this case, it’s DNSimple. Click on primary NS.

DNSimple configuration is successful

Now add the IP address you configured at DNSimple:

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

DNSimple configuration is successful

Then confirm the changes.

DNSimple configuration is successful

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

DNSimple configuration is successful

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

DNSimple configuration is successful

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 with your domain:

$ dig soa

The query should return all the DNSimple and EasyDNS 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: 58869
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 5, ADDITIONAL: 1
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available

;    IN  SOA

;; ANSWER SECTION: 3600  IN  SOA 1425558979 86400 7200 604800 300

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


;; Query time: 158 msec
;; WHEN: Thu Mar  5 15:12:42 2015
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 205

Congratulations, your secondary DNS is now working with EasyDNS.