I have created a Cloud DNS Zone for the domain name cachevalleyaa.org. The zone NS record set tells me the name server is ns-cloud-a#.googledomains.com - the 'A' name servers.

BUT, NS record query using the online Dig tool tells me cachevalleyaa.org name server is ns-cloud-e#.googledomains.com - the 'E' name servers.

In addition:

"nslookup cachevalleyaa.org ns-cloud-a1.googledomains.com" returns:

  • Server: Unknown
  • Address:
  • Name: cachevalleyaa.org
  • Address:

"nslookup cachevalleyaa.org ns-cloud-e1.googledomains.com" returns:

  • Server: Unknown
  • Address:
  • Name: cachevalleyaa.org
  • where is the address? and why is there still a record here?

Some questions

  • Is something stuck or so I just need to be more patient?
  • Is there a way to clear the record set in the E name servers?
  • Do I need to hire someone, or subscribe to support, to get this resolved?
  • Is my domain name simply lost? Maybe move to a different name?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! TIA!


Most likely a caching issue, it should clear up with time. I don't know how "ns-cloud-e*[1-4].googledomains.com" is showing up as an NS record for you. Was that the original NS record before you migrated to the new one? If that is the case, you will see the e NS records till the TTL for that record expires and remote name servers pick up your new NS records.

I did several dns traces, all i see is the ns-cloud-a*[1-4]* ones.

Here is the dig trace from my laptop using one of the root name servers -

$ dig +trace cachevalleyaa.org @ +nodnssec

.           518400  IN  NS  e.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  h.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  l.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  i.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  a.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  d.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  c.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  b.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  j.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  k.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  g.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  m.root-servers.net.
.           518400  IN  NS  f.root-servers.net.

org.            172800  IN  NS  a0.org.afilias-nst.info.
org.            172800  IN  NS  a2.org.afilias-nst.info.
org.            172800  IN  NS  b0.org.afilias-nst.org.
org.            172800  IN  NS  b2.org.afilias-nst.org.
org.            172800  IN  NS  c0.org.afilias-nst.info.
org.            172800  IN  NS  d0.org.afilias-nst.org.

cachevalleyaa.org.  86400   IN  NS  ns-cloud-a2.googledomains.com.
cachevalleyaa.org.  86400   IN  NS  ns-cloud-a1.googledomains.com.
cachevalleyaa.org.  86400   IN  NS  ns-cloud-a3.googledomains.com.
cachevalleyaa.org.  86400   IN  NS  ns-cloud-a4.googledomains.com.

cachevalleyaa.org.  300 IN  A
  • Thanks for looking. I found the A name server result using another computer. After some more research I found my Google Domains DNS page under "Name Servers" under "Use the Google Domain name servers" lists all of the 'E' name servers. Are we fighting ourselves here? I only bought the domain to use it on GCP. How to I tell Google Domains to back off? – CVI Mar 22 '20 at 19:07
  • Is Google your domain registrar for cachevalleyaa.org? if so, do you see the A record under "Custom resource records" under the domain configuration page? – Daniel t. Mar 22 '20 at 19:35
  • I bought the domain from Google. Honestly do not know if it is the registrar - sure seems like it wants to be. Not sure what is the right way to do this so i can use the domain on GCP. And no, there are no "Custom resource records" – CVI Mar 22 '20 at 19:41
  • The registrar has the authoritative name servers. Follow the instructions on this link to see the dns records for you domain - support.google.com/domains/answer/9211383?hl=en – Daniel t. Mar 22 '20 at 19:51
  • So I should not create a DNS zone in Cloud DNS? – CVI Mar 22 '20 at 19:58

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