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My problem is this.

Dissatisfied with the existing free DNS nameserver solutions, I decided to make my own nameservers for my websites. I'm using NSD on Debian, and it's working great. I can request a record from the server with DIG and get the correct response and all that jazz.

However, there's a catch that I can't figure out how to circumvent. In order to give my nameservers to my domain registrar, they need A records. ( etc.)

Here's the issue: Since I'm having these servers handle the DNS for all of my domains, I'm not sure how to create A records for the servers themselves. If I create the ns1, ns2 records inside my own server, my registrar won't be able to look them up. But in order to create those records externally so I can point a registrar to my servers, I need to register those A records with an external source, right?

How can I bootstrap the A records for my nameservers so my registrar can see them long enough to plug in? Or am I misunderstanding the problem entirely?

I hope that made a bit of sense.

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What you need is some glue (1).

Basically what you do is tell your both the name and IP address for your servers. They will make A records for your servers in the parent zone.

So if you happened to be talking about, then the .org servers would have a set of records like this to delegate to you. in a in a in ns in ns
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As of January 3rd 2012, my registrar still does not support glue. However, is it possible to simply use a third party DNS provider just to publish the A records to my nameservers? – TachyonImpact Jan 9 '12 at 8:04
What registrar is that? I can't imagine how any valid registrar would be able to get away with that. – Zoredache Jan 9 '12 at 8:05
There was a discussion about it on DynaDot's forums, but I may have misunderstood. I'll just contact them directly. – TachyonImpact Jan 9 '12 at 8:14
Nevermind, they support it. Thanks for the help. – TachyonImpact Jan 9 '12 at 8:18

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