How can I migrate my Domain from ISP hosted to my own BIND server?

Lightner, Jeff JLightner at
Fri Dec 14 13:51:31 UTC 2012

To expand on that.  The steps Manish wrote are what you do internally.

What Sten is writing is external – your domains are “registered” somewhere and the “Registrar” points to the appropriate DNS servers – you’ll need to insure that it is pointing to your internal DNS servers.

You can find out the registrar by running “whois” on your domains.

Often when you have external hosting the hosting provider is also acting as your Registrar and using their own DNS servers.  You’ll need to co-ordinate with them if that is the case.   Also sometimes in hosting setups if you’ve paid someone else to do your web design and hosting they are the actual Registrant (owner of the domain from ICANN’s point of view) so you may have to verify who owns the domains first.  We’ve dealt with some of these hosting companies on acquisitions that took the position that they “owned” the domain and didn’t have to give it up – Sometimes it takes some legal work to get them to understand that registering a domain doesn’t make them “owner” when it is a name they registered on behalf of a client so they were doing it only as an agent (IANAL).

From: at [ at] On Behalf Of Sten Carlsen
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2012 6:04 AM
To: bind-users at
Subject: Re: How can I migrate my Domain from ISP hosted to my own BIND server?

You can find an external DNS provider (I use one that is free) and have them slave your zones. Just make your TTLs suitable, so even if your own server dies, the zones will be served from the provider for weeks.

Changes will propagate fast.

On 14/12/12 11:40, Mark Andrews wrote:

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, Manish Rane writes:

Hi Team,

I need to migrate my domain which is hosted at my ISP on to my own

internal BIND server and have my own NS record. Does anyone steps I

need to take care of or complete procedure?

1. take a copy of the zone and make your server a master for it.

2. set up new slaves from the new master.

3. make the old master a slave from this new master.

4. add the new NS records and associated addresses records.

5. wait for the old NS RRset to clear the caches as well as any negative

   cache entries for the address records for the new servers.

6. update the parent NS RRset to be the final state.  Add glue as necessary.

   remove old glue records that are no longer necessary.

7. remove the old NS records from the zone.

8. wait for the combined NS RRset to clear caches.

9. decommision old nameservers.


Thanks and Regards,

Manish R


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