My domain name name not propagating through the Internet.

Thomas Strike thomas.strike at
Sat May 26 16:44:58 UTC 2018

I have been fighting a problem of setting up a new Bind9.9 primary 
authoritative server on the Internet for over 2 weeks now. My hosted 
secondary server cannot be set up until my primary server comes alive on 
the Internet. I have fought my domain name provider for over 2 weeks 
trying to get my new server propagated throwout the Internet and they 
say that the problem is with my server. This is very perplexing because 
there are at least 4 DNS servers out there that see my server and 
respond to all queries successfully that land on my server but no other 
server can see mine. It's hard to believe that the problem is on my end.

I am here asking for fresh sets of eyes to look at my setup file and the 
domain zone record that is at issue. My domain is and 
my primary dns server is Standard A records that 
should resolve are www., ftp., and



acl trusted-servers  {
     144.x.x.x.;     //
     8..x.x.x;       //

options {
     listen-on port 53 { any; };
     listen-on-v6 port 53 { any; };

// I have IPv6 implemented on my server but could it be an IPv6 issue?

     allow-query { any; };

     recursion yes;
     allow-recursion {
     allow-transfer {

     directory     "/var/named";
     dump-file     "/var/log/named/data/cache_dump.db";
     statistics-file "/var/log/named/data/named_stats.txt";
     memstatistics-file "/var/log/named/data/named_mem_stats.txt";

     notify yes;

// I am not familiar with what dnssec does. Is it necessary for a 
primary DNS server to run properly?

     dnssec-enable yes;
     dnssec-validation yes;
     dnssec-lookaside auto;

// Could this be a security key management issue?

     bindkeys-file "/etc/named.iscdlv.key";
     managed-keys-directory "/var/named/dynamic";

     pid-file "/run/named/";
     session-keyfile "/run/named/session.key";
};include "/etc/named.logging";

zone "." IN {
     type hint;
     file "";

include "/etc/named.rfc1912.zones";
include "/etc/named.root.key";

zone "" {
     type master;
     file "/var/named/";
     allow-transfer { trusted-servers; };
key rndc-key {
     algorithm hmac-md5;
     secret "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx";
controls {
     inet port 953 allow {; } keys { rndc-key; };

_/__/ I am a little confused about the Time-To-Live in this record.

_// Which of these 2 ttls do resolvers use to cache their answers for?_

$ttl 38400    IN    SOA (
             300 )    // short 5 min. ttl for testing.    IN    A    144.x.x.x.x    IN    MX    10    IN    A    144.x.x.x.x IN    A    144.x.x.x.x IN    A    144.x.x.x.x    IN    A    144.x.x.x.x        IN    NS // Primary 
DNS service        IN    NS            // 
Secondary externally hosted DNS service.

Any insights would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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