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I have a nameserver of my hoster called I would like users of my (hosted) application to use my branded nameserver called points to (Cname)

But this doesn't work. If I try to setup a domain at my registrar (point nameserver to, I get the following error:

The hosts [,] are not registered name servers.

It works when I try directly.

Thanks for the help!

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ns to cname.. bad idea ...… – Gryphius Nov 13 '12 at 20:10
So I should setup my own DNS server? But what kind of record does needs to be to point it to my own dns server setup? uses the dns server of the registrar. – Ward Loockx Nov 13 '12 at 20:26
You are going to need to run your own DNS servers if this is something you require. I don't understand how you think you registrar would even support having your customers point at their name servers. – Zoredache Nov 13 '12 at 20:46
Please take a step back and describe the actual problem you're trying to solve instead of what you perceive as the solution. What do you want to achieve by having your users use instead of – Ansgar Wiechers Nov 13 '12 at 23:18

You should think of this differently, is a different zone (and file) to, so as just create normal A records in your zone file and use the same IPs as the name servers.

This will do what you want, I've being doing it for many years.

Example. registered name server and

in the forward zone file for, add:

NS1 IN A (ip address of

NS2 IN A (ip address of

You can then use as if they where registered name servers All of the of queries go to the real name servers so everything works as expected.

hope this makes sense.

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I've tried to do this, But it doesn't work. But this is the solution I was thinking of. My registrar doesn't allow (A records that points to as nameserver. I get the error is not a registered nameserver. If I point directly to it works. But then I don't use my brandname.... – Ward Loockx Nov 14 '12 at 18:05

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