How to control own domain/zonefile ?
barmar at alum.mit.edu
Mon Oct 16 01:51:58 UTC 2006
In article <egtq7o$pm9$1 at sf1.isc.org>,
Clenna Lumina <savagebeaste at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Ok, say I register foo.com, and I have my own linux box with
> installed, and I want to use that to control my own domain,
> instead of
> using zoneedit.com or whatever DNS applet a registrar might
> provide. In
> other words, I can setup a zonefile easily enough, but that
> only works
> so long as one manually points nslookup or dig to said linux
> How do I make it world accessible, so to speak? I know I can
> change the
> name servers for the domain via the registrar control panel?
> Is this all
> there is to it? I get the feeling there is more. And what if
> registrar doesn't have such an applet?
Yes, that's all there is to it. If the registrar doesn't have an applet
on their web page, then I guess you have to do it by calling or emailing
them. Part of the job of a registrar is registering customer name
servers, so there has to be some way to do it. A registrar is *not* a
DNS hosting service, although many companies offer both services.
> I doubt this is possible, but is there any way to manually
> "register" a
> domain myself withotu going through one of those registrars?
No, unless you become a registrar yourself.
> I mean,
> most cost only $10 USD, which makes me think that it doesn't
> really cost
> them anything, thus making profit on all those $10
> Basically, eliminate the middle man. I mean, how EXACTLY does
> registrar register the domain you pick via their website?
They operate servers that maintain all the registration information.
They feed the DNS information to the registries, who update the
top-level name servers. They make the information available for
querying via WHOIS. They provide customer support and mediate disputes
between domain registrants.
> I also want to be able to control reverse dns (PTR records)
> normally one cannot when using a registrars.
You do that through the organization that provided your IP addresses,
usually your ISP.
Barry Margolin, barmar at alum.mit.edu
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