Vanity Nameservers on Servers Australia's clustered DNS
Vanity nameservers, sometimes called custom nameservers, are a way to assign your own vanity names to our nameservers. This offers several potential benefits:
- The whois records for your domains reflect your domain as the nameserver, not ours.
- The NS records within the domain also reflect the vanity nameserver names.
- The SOA record can have a custom hostmaster reference instead of email@example.com.
The only requirement for masquerading using our nameservers is you must have a management plan with Servers Australia.
1. Adding Address Host Records
Start by adding the A records to your domain. These A records will associate your vanity nameserver names with our nameserver IP addresses. You can use any naming scheme you want. If you're unsure, the most common schemes are ns1.yourdomain.com and ns2.yourdomain.com. They would be setup like this:
ns1.yourdomain.com -> 18.104.22.168
ns2.yourdomain.com -> 22.214.171.124
2. Glue Records
Before you can assign your vanity nameservers as your domain's official nameservers, the central domain registry needs to know about your vanity nameservers. Basically, the registry needs to know each of the names of your vanity nameservers along with their IP addresses. These are called Glue Records.
Find the place at your registrar where you can configure these. Many registrars will simply refer to them as Glue Records. A few may label them more abstractly, referring to "configuring nameservers with IPs", "host summary", "nameserver registration", or something similar.
Whatever it's called, you need to enter each vanity nameserver name along with the IP you assigned to that address.
The new nameservers are ready for use. If you would like us to check the setup to confirm it's ok, just open an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.