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I have a few domains and want to resolve their DNS records with my own name server. Let's say I have a DNS server with 2 fixed IP addresses and a domain name

I'd like to have 2 name server -subdomains- for my other domains.

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Can I just use a third party DNS (e.g. AWS Route 53) for and setup two A-records like this?

ns1. A
ns2. A

Or is it mandatory to use my own DNS server for and configure GLUE records at the TLD registry?

I know that the first option works in some cases, but my new registry gives an error when trying to use for one of the domains because it's not registred as a nameserver (doesn't have glue records).

Any help would be much appreciated!

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How could it possibly work without glue? Say I want to resolve Telling me that I need to ask for the answer doesn't help me. I need an IP address, and without glue, the only way to get it is by asking the very same servers whose IP addresses I didn't know in the first place! –  David Schwartz Feb 27 '14 at 19:20
I won't be using as a nameserver for Instead, will be resolvable through third party nameservers, not a GLUE record. It works but I guess that's not the ideal way to go? –  Niels L Feb 27 '14 at 21:09
If is not a nameserver for the domain, then no glue is needed. If it is, then glue is needed. –  David Schwartz Feb 27 '14 at 21:20
We have a client with a domain That domain is using as one of the nameservers. The clients domain is resolvable because is pointing at an Amazon Route 53 nameserver, which knows what IP belongs to ns1 because of the A record there. So that way, is resolvable without a GLUE record. –  Niels L Feb 27 '14 at 21:26
The IP from belongs to another DNS server that resolves So actually it has to do 2 lookups.. I guess, without GLUE. –  Niels L Feb 27 '14 at 21:36

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You need a GLUE record when the nameserver you wish to use for the domain is itself within the domain.

As is within, you need a GLUE record.

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Thanks for your answer. What if you don't use GLUE and resolve externally through third party nameservers? See comments above –  Niels L Feb 27 '14 at 22:17

In certain situations you should be able to set the following at the registrar for

nameserver 1:
nameserver 2:

Now at the DNS servers on and you can set:    86400   IN   SOA 20140827151901 60 120 604800 3
@                       IN   NS
@                       IN   NS
ns1                     IN   A
ns2                     IN   A

The important thing is that there should be a glue record SOMEWHERE in the chain.

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