how do set a record for the domain

Chris Buxton cbuxton at
Mon Mar 24 16:50:12 UTC 2008

I'm going to guess you're using some kind of management tool, or a  
specific file syntax convention, and that the confusion is in how to  
formulate the zone's own name; if you're using a tool, it probably  
only displays the portion to the left of the zone's name (the  
"origin"), or only lets you edit that portion. Your options are  

1. Write out the zone's name, ending with a dot. ""
2. Write a "@" as the name of the record. This may not work with all  
management tools, but it should work fine if you're directly editing  
the file.
3. In some management tools, simply leave the name field blank.

One or more of these approaches should work. If you're directly  
editing the zone file, do not use the third strategy.

As Barry pointed out, the zone will have other records named for the  
zone, such as SOA, NS, and possibly MX records. If your management  
tool displays such records, follow the same format when writing the A  

Chris Buxton
Professional Services
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On Mar 19, 2008, at 9:32 AM, C_at_JC wrote:
> Hello all,
> how does one create an A record for the domain?
> i guess i'm wondering what is set up in dns to allow a lookup to a
> domain name to return an ip address.  say i want to ping  it
> works, i get an ip address resolved to ping
> What am i trying to accomplish?  I need to set up a web site where the
> fqdn will be  I also need to have an authoritative
> dns server for only the zone.  Basically i need the ip
> for the web server to be returned when is queried.  It
> would be easy to just add an A record for ABC in the zone
> but i am not allowed to do that in this case.
> i know enough to set up A and PTR records all day but not a lot about
> dns as a whole.   this is probably a no-duh type question but any
> insight would be helpful.
> Thanks!
> C

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