Secondary DNS

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Now you can manage your DNS in-house, but still get extra redundancy by using an external provider to authoritatively respond for your domains in the event of an outage.

WHAT IS IT? Essentially, Secondary DNS creates a clone of the original zone information that is found at the primary DNS provider and duplicates this on the DNS Made Easy IP Anycast + network.

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Name Servers
Create Additional Name Servers

This feature allows you to create additional name servers outside of your current name server set that can respond authoritatively for your domain.

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Back Up Plan

DNS Made Easy's secondary name servers can be used in addition to your primary name servers at your registrar.

Added Security
Added Security

You can even configure your name server(s) as hidden masters for added security.

It's So Simple!
It's So Simple!

It's so simple all you need to do is tell your domain registrar that your domain will be using DNS Made Easy's secondary name server(s) and then configure the zone transfer on our name servers. Check out our help tutorials here!

How to Start Using Secondary DNS

To start using Secondary DNS, you need to create your domain on DNS Made Easy's enterprise secondary name servers which will require you to configure an IP Set with the IP of one or more of your master / primary name servers. Then, tell your domain registrar that your domain will be using DNS Made Easy's secondary name server(s).

Configure Secondary IP Set

  1. Click on Secondary IP Sets under the Advanced tab on the main menu.
  2. This will take you to the Secondary IP Set grid layout.
  3. To create a new Secondary IP set, click the plus button on the grid.
  4. In the Name field, enter the name you would like associated with this set of primary name servers.
  5. In the IPs field, enter the IP addresses of your primary name servers.
  6. Once you click Submit, the Secondary IP set will be created in the DNS Made Easy system. This set can now be used when configuring your secondary DNS domains.

Configure Secondary Domain

  1. Next, add a domain to your Secondary DNS services.
  2. Click the Secondary DNS link under the DNS tab on the main menu.
  3. Click the Add Secondary button to open the Add a secondary DNS entry modification window.
  4. Once there, enter one-or multiple domains into the Domain Names field.
  5. Under the IP Set dropdown, select the IP Set identifying the primary name servers you will use for the domains you entered.
  6. If you have multiple users on your account, you can also choose from different folders that you can add your domain to, 2:37otherwise you can disregard this option at this time.
  7. Once you have entered your domains and selected a Secondary IP set, click Ok.
  8. The Success prompt will appear to inform you that your domain has been successfully added to the DNS Made Easy system.

Add the Name Servers as NS records under the primary zone for this domain.

You will have to complete this step within your primary name server's interface.The lower grid lists the IP addresses that DNS Made Easy will use to request zone transfers from the master, or primary name servers for your domain name. These are also the IPs that you will configure your primary name servers to send NOTIFYs to in the event that any of the records change.

For a step-by-step guide on adding Secondary DNS, view our tutorial.

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