"spare hosts" as personal DNS nameservers for 'mynew.org'

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Tue Jul 11 14:24:27 UTC 2017

On 2017/07/11 14:57, bind at zq3q.org wrote:
> I have several linux VMs, that are under used, so I want to use them
> for the nameservers for 'mynew.org'.  **Neither are in 'mynew.org';
> is that going to work?**

Yes, that will work.  There is no requirement for any of the NSes for a
zone to be part of that zone or, conversely, not part of that zone.
Although if any of the NSes are in the zone, there should be glue
records added at the level above.

> namecheap support seems to suggest that the personal DNS authorative nameservers
> for 'mynew.org', must be in 'mynew.org', as in
>     ns1.mynew.org
>     ns2.mynew.org

This is not a requirement from the DNS side.  It's normal for providers
to offer this -- vanity name servers are usually a selling point.

Even so, if you can make ns1.mynew.org and ns2.mynew.org resolve to the
A or AAAA addresses of your VMs, you should be good to go.  named is
going to work the same irrespective of whatever it thinks the hostname
of your VM is, and that can be different to the name users look up in
the DNS.

Failing that, there are any number of other providers that will let you
register a domain, and the vast majority of those certainly will let you
specify your own nameservers.



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