regarding DNS services, free providers

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by Ovidiu, May 18, 2009.

  1. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member


    I am registering a new domain, and they insist on me giving them 2 DNS, usually I was able to just provide one, as I have only one server managed with ispcfg3.

    Now my questions is: is it really necessary to provide 2 DNS when registering a domain? Apart from the security aspect, in case on isn't reachable, etc...

    The point I see is that if my server would be down, another DNS wouldn't help much as the domain would be down too...

    Anyway, if I really need a second DNS, what free service woudl you recommend?

    Googling yields loads of providers who offer free DNS services. Can you recommend one?

    How would I proceed? Can anyone give me some hints? I'd like to keep my own server as primary DNS and use the free one as secondary. Is that possible and what additional settings would I have to make in the DNS record managed by ispcfg3?
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    This difers from registrar to registrar, but I think most require at least two DNS servers.

    I've always used my own DNS servers, so I'm not that experienced with free DNS providers.
  3. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    sorry to re-open this thread but I need a reliable DNS service provider that is FREE.
    I've been using so far and their service was great BUT they have been bought by DynDNS and I have about 80 days to find another provider since I don't want to migrate to DynDNS and pay.

    Otherwise I guess I need to buy a small cheap VPS and do my own thing :-(
  4. erosbk

    erosbk New Member

    You could use your own server as secondary dns (install bind9, configure, etc)... or just write the ip of your server as the second dns in your registrar... I think that no one will check if it is or not a dns xD

    Right now my dns2 kernel is dead (I can't access it, but ping responds lol). All domains are registerin right now using it as second dns xD

  5. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    hm, I use my server as primary DNS. if I enter it twice the registrar checks. I even get mails of the logs when it unsuccessfully tried co verify the info.
    I just read somewhere that I could use a second IP to fake a different NS but I don't think it will work.

    meanwhile, if anyone else is looking for this info, I found a list of free DNS services here:
  6. erosbk

    erosbk New Member

    You can always add a second NIC, but you must have another free IP :p
  7. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

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