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Nettica has added the ability to perform zone transfers to external secondary DNS services. There are trade-offs to using external secondaries, the largest being the potential loss of real-time updates. This article describes the process of enabling zone transfers to other DNS servers, as well as the caveats and pitfalls associated with the process. This is an advanced topic. Please contact support if you have any problems.
To transfer a zone from the Nettica master server, specify 18.104.22.168 as the IP address of the master server at the secondary. This must be done at the secondary DNS server (or secondary DNS provider). The only supported method of managing zone transfers is by IP address (TSIG is not supported). The zone must be created on the secondary through out-of-band processes. There is no way to automatically create zones on secondary servers using DNS.
There is a new pseudo record-type called "XFR" that allows you to specify the IP addresses of the external secondary DNS servers. Click on "XFR" to create this record. Enter the IP addresses of secondary DNS servers separated with a space. Some secondary DNS service providers require you to specify specific IP address(es) that are not necessarily the IP addresses of the secondary DNS servers. Follow their instructions in this regard.
After creating the XFR record to allow zone transfers, create new NS records for the root of the domain. Leave the hostname blank, and in the,DATA section enter the name of the secondary. Specify only one secondary DNS server per NS record. You can add more the NS record to account for multiple secondaries. Do not add NS records for Nettica name servers, or for if you are a Bulk DNS customer that is rebranding, your rebranded name servers. These records are still managed using the Advanced DNS Settings link, or your Group Templates.
In the example above, the domain example.com has two external secondaries defined. The XFR record specifies that 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 are allowed zone transfers. In addition, A records are defined for these secondaries, and NS records added specifying that ns1-ns2.example.com are additonal secondaries for the domain.
In this example, a secondary DNS provider service is configured. The NS records specify the names of the secondaries, and an XFR record specifies the IP addresses used to transfer the zone to the secondaries.
After sucessfully completing steps one and two, the domain should now be resolvable from both the primary and secondary DNS servers. The last step is to go to your domain registrar, and add the additional secondaries into your name server list for the domain.
Please keep in mind the following with regards to external secondaries:
Our goal is to provide our customers with the tools they need to manage their domains. This feature is available to all customers.
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