[plug] Domain name hosting / registration

Andrew Cooks acooks at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 17:16:36 WST 2012

On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM, Tim <weirdit at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 21 June 2012 14:36, Alexander Hartner <alex at j2anywhere.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have a couple of domains registered with 1and1. However it seems that for the past months their service level has deteriorated quite a bit. However they offer me the ability to host the primary DNS record on my own server and run the secondary server for me. Are there any local service providers which offer the same functionality.
> However, if the issue you have is that fact you need 2 name servers,
> you can actually point them both to the same location. If all the
> services that DNS answer for, are on the same machine as the DNS
> master, then it makes little difference having a backup NS except for
> load balancing. (Because when your server is down, the DNS is down but
> so are the services the DNS points to).

Hmmm...tell me if I'm wrong, but iirc it makes a difference for email.

If your domain disappears completely, then any email you receive may
return an immediate, "non-existent domain" type of error to the
sender, whereas an unreachable MX usually results a retry (which
hopefully succeeds eventually). Whether you want people to know
immediately that there is a problem so that they can use another
channel, or whether you want to avoid receiving tens of phone calls
from confused or irate people is up to you.


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