CNAME only zone?

Lightner, Jeff JLightner at
Fri Dec 9 17:52:58 UTC 2011

"Also note that other workarounds will solve the same problem in a better way."

Care to enlighten me as to what those workarounds would be?

Also - why is it a registrar can do a CNAME only but we mere mortals can't?  In fact documentation from Amazon (it is apparently their web store I've since learned) suggests doing it at registrar so I'll probably go that route but I'm wondering why it should work there but not on one of my delegated name servers.

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On Friday 09 December 2011 10:25:36 Lightner, Jeff wrote:
> Is it possible to create a zone file that only contains a CNAME?

As already answered, no.

> The request I got is to create a CNAME to point to

You can ask your registrar if they can/will do this in the parent
"com." zone. I have seen ugliness of this type from either Network
Solutions or before, not sure which.

> We own - is something external
> that we don't own.

Do note that hostedbywebtstore is not the same as hostedbywebstore;
we're sticklers for precise spelling.

Also note that other workarounds will solve the same problem in a
better way.
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