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How do I acquire a domain owned by someone else?

We've been lusting after a dashless domain name for a long time. It's registered to someone else who doesn't use it as a public website, the whois data says it expires in a few years. What should ...
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How do I protect domain registrations from “hit by bus” scenarios?

I have registered a few domains for a certain project. If I should vanish from the face of the earth, how can I ensure the other project members get control of the domain with the registrar? My ...
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How do you register a domain without a TLD?

So I found this website that is visitable and does not have a TLD? Anyone got any idea how to do this?
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DNS: how does the world find my nameservers?

I have a domain, mydomain.com.au. I make two nameservers for this domain, ns1.mydomain.com.au and ns2.mydomain.com.au, and load them full of NS records, A records, MX records and anything else I feel ...
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Domain Not Resolving to Forwarded IP

I've recently registered a domain name with GoDaddy.com and forwarded it to my web server's IP address. Now when I enter the domain name in my browser, my site appears as expected. The strange part ...
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Dns - wildcard vs. cname subdomains

Alright I have to admit I'm confused with how DNS works. I've always just added things until they worked, and now it's time to learn how they work. So one confusing thing to me is that there's sort ...
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Tools for finding domain names [closed]

I've built out a pet project of mine, and am now looking for a good domain name for it. Arbitrarily doing whois lookups on ideas that pop into my head seems inefficient. What tools do you use when ...
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Which domains list my server in their glue records?

My DNS server used to be the DNS server for a company's domain. However they moved elsewhere. Oddly enough, years later they were still listing my DNS server in their whois record (or, more ...
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Become own domain registrar

I posted this on stack overflow and it was suggested that thsi should be posted here: I am moving my domain away from a very poor host and wondered if I can do away with a host/registrar altogether. ...
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Recovering a lost domain name

My customer lost a domain more or less one year ago. The domain was tais taken for some company and isn't used, and their is only "parked" with some dummy DNS. Looks that company that taken the ...
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When registering a domain, is it possible to designate primary and secondary nameservers by FQDN and IP?

I would like to buy a domain from a registrar and use my own nameservers (assume that they are already hosted,configured and listening on some static IPs in 2 datacenters) for the domain, without ...
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How do you track domain/certificate registrations over time?

Every once and a while I see stories about a site being hacked, but it turns out that the domain registration just expired and someone else grabbed the domain and redirected DNS. I've also been to ...
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Help finding a hosting service (offshore?) that doesn't automatically cave to DMCA demands

Some years ago I set up an April Fools hack that poked fun at a well-known web site. It was all aboveboard and well within what's considered legal (I checked with my lawyer). However, the well-known ...
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What are the drawbacks of using a P.O. box as a contact address for WHOIS records?

I own a couple of domains where I currently have "WHOIS privacy", so my contact info is not revealed in the WHOIS database. I've learned that this arrangement has a significant pitfall, that is, it's ...
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Best way to buy a domain name that is soon to expire?

I'm looking for some advice about this. There is a domain name that I really want. I just looked up the whois information for the domain and here are a few things that it says: Sponsoring Registrar: ...
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Does transferring a domain transfers DNS records?

Does transferring a domain name automatically transfer all DNS records? I'm transferring to GoDaddy. I'm particularly concerned with the MX records and others which one creates for Google Apps Email ...
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What to do when a registrar goes out of business?

A friend of mine registered a domain name at a host called ServWeb, which now appears to be out of business (just a guess; as you can see there's no response from ServWeb's site.). ServWeb apparently ...
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Can a domain registrar take down a domain?

I am in the middle of a DMCA request, as I have found someone who is using some of my copyrighted content. The host is based in China, and is not responding to any requests (I have sent faxes, ...
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How does a foreign company registering my company's domain name effect traffic to my site?

I'd like to keep this strictly technical, don't care too much about whether it's legal or not because I'm assuming a reputable Chinese company wouldn't do anything to undermine the interests of a ...
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How should i insist that a Domain Name Record be amended to protect a co-owner?

I'm aware that there's no field in the record format that explicitly relates to co-ownership. This scenario must come up fairly often--one party owns (is the registrant) the domain name, another ...
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What is the best way to register a domain name in China?

What is the best (cost and safety) to register a .cn domain name? We recently received 2 emails from companies (px-vps.org and one other) in China saying that another company was trying to ...
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Update internal DNS server in my organization

We have our own internal DNS server inside our network on our domain. I just changed the nameservers of a bunch of our domain names through our registrar. Now on my home PC (off the network) the ...
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given a URL, how do I find the domain registrar and the web host?

If I had a domain name, and wanted to find the registrar and the hosting company for that domain, how do I do that? Is there any central registry that keeps track of it? If yes, is there any API to ...
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Odd Domain Registration Setup

This is a continuation of a question that I already posted, but this is distinct enough to warrant a new question I believe. I've got a client who knows very little about how their domains are ...
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DNS Server usage at Linode.com

Until now i used old fasioned LAMP webhosting for 3 websites. I have 1 domain for each of the websites. Yesterday i bought myself a linode and to my surprise linode has DNS servers available for its ...
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Shouldn't the domain registrar run the nameservers?

My website is hosted by HostGator, but the domain registration is with GoDaddy. My understanding is that the domain registrar - in this case GoDaddy - hosts a service that converts the domain names ...
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I've agreed to buy a domain previously owned, now what?

I wanted to buy some domain already owned by someone else. So I contact it's registrar, negotiated the price and came to a deal. Everything was done via e-mail. Now what? How the actual domain ...
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What is wrong with my DNS entries?

I have some problems with a domain not working as expected. My registrar's controlpanel shows these records for mydomain.eu: www A 111.222.333.444 * A 111.222.333.444 I use the nameservers of my ...
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Procedure to transfer or push a domain

I've recently moved my domain to a new host, but the domain renewal is managed by an old host. I checked that the domain is registered by Enom. I would like to know about best practices (if they ...
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How would I go about getting a domain like lu.re?

(*couldn't decide if this belongs in stackoverflow or here, but landed here. so if this Q belongs elsewhere I'll remove it) How do I go about getting a domain like lu.re? I work for a non-profit and ...
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How to register a URL with 3 part naming?

My objective is to have a URL like - m.af.ia. So, assuming I register a TLD web-site called m.af with Afghanistan (af) ... is there any way I can set up my server infrastructure so that the URL I ...
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What does it take to buy a domain? [closed]

I don't have a particular server that I want to use for this domain. But I want to buy a domain. I don't have the name of the company that I want to register it to, because we are a start-up without ...
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Why can't I register a domain name that a registrar owns?

I am interested in purchasing a .ca domain name. It was taken, and when I did a WHOIS it showed me that GoDaddy (a registrar) has control of it, however when I go to GoDaddy to purchase it, I have no ...
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How much were DNS domain names from 1994 - 1998? How were domains acquired prior to e-commerce?

First off, my co-worker says that DNS domain names were about $100 back then, not $20. Can someone tell me what the DNS name purchase process in that time was like, how much the domain cost, and any ...
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Will international domain names permit “e=mc2.com” as a domain name?

I'm trying to understand the limitations of International Domain names... can someone explain what I can and can't do? Can I register a neat domain name like e=mc2.com? Are any of these symbols ...
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Domain expired and can't register again!

Hi my domain name expired, but I can't purchase it again as godaddy shows it's already taken and a whois returns the following: Domain ID: Domain Name: mydomain.com Created On: 26-Nov-2006 00:00:00 ...
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programatically check if a domain is availible?

Using this solution http://serverfault.com/questions/98940/bot-check-if-a-domain-name-is-availible/98956#98956 I wrote a quick script (pasted below) in C# to check if the domain MIGHT be available. A ...
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Can an organisation take over a domain?

Basically I am working with a church who has a new pastor. The churches website hosting is paid by the church bank account and the domain name is up for renewal. The company are telling us that the ...
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How do I change web hosts when my domain name is registered through my web hosting company?

I want to change my web hosting company. However they are also the people who have administered and annually renewed my domain name. I'm concerned about making the change because my original hosts ...
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How to correctly configure nameservers

I have set up custom / private nameservers but I am still receiving an "Unknown host" error $ ping ubookings.co.za ping: cannot resolve ubookings.co.za: Unknown host The whois query shows ...
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Domain registrars supporting wildcard CNAME records

Please list some credible domain registrars supporting wildcard domains. Now I am with GoDaddy, and want to move to another one with the feature I need. Thanks.
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Which address should I give my registrar NS or SOA?

I'm hosting my apps in amazon ec2 server and using route 53 for hosted zone, I created a Hosted Zone for my domain. I'm wondering which addresses should I provide to my registrar, NS or SOA for ...
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Why is the wrong name server information at crsnic.net & gtld-servers.net?

Did I screw this up? I don’t even know how this might have happened, so I’d like to learn. I’m trying out HostGator’s reseller service and I bought a domain name through it, but I didn’t want the ...
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Same domain names internal and external issue

UPDATE 1: Basically, from a computer outside the network, I can access the website by typing into the browser address bar, either of the following, which is how it should be: ...
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My domain name no longer works after being transferred. How can I troubleshoot? [closed]

I recently transferred my domain (sniphq.com) from MyDomain to DreamHost. Today, for some reason, I can't get to sniphq.com at all. When I log into DreamHost, there doesn't appear to be any way to do ...
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How should I manage a domain that has certain nameservers but MX records pointing elsewhere?

I am with a small business redesigning other companies' websites. Often we will host their new website on our Linode account but they will have their email handled with some other provider. One ...
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Where to find an up-to-date list of WHOIS Servers for various tlds?

I'm looking for a reliable and up-to-date list of WHOIS Servers to use in a whois script. It'd be super if it has the string returned by each server when the domain is available.
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My registrar won't/can't change my WHOIS entry - can I do it myself?

I bought my first .com domain today, having recently used a country-specific domain. My registrar had to create an account for me on their new billing system to enable the transaction as part of the ...
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Does my host have to control DNS?

Does my hosting company need to control DNS? Or, is it OK for DNS to stay with the registrar and just point to my IP? Are there advantages one way or the other?
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Domain renewal, yearly or multiple years? [closed]

I'm renewing a domain. What are the pros and cons of renewing yearly vs. renewing for multiple years (like price trends, etc.)? If multiple is a good option in your opinion then how many years should ...