This is the most common kind of secondary DNS configuration and is widely supported by most providers. The primary provider is where you update your record configurations, whereas the secondary receives record updates via AXFR/IXFR transfers automatically. DNS Made Easy then will instantly replicate this data to 2,000+ name servers over our IP Anycast+ network.
You will need to add both providers’ nameserver sets to your registrar.
Also called a Master/Master, this is actually not a type of secondary DNS since both providers are considered primaries. Instead, you would use DNS Made Easy’s Managed DNS services.
Both providers will need to maintain the same records configurations. Most organizations use a third-party service to maintain record updates such as OctoDNS. This allows you to make changes to either DNS provider should one provider have an outage.
A hidden primary configuration is very similar to a primary secondary. However, the difference is you will only list DNS Made Easy nameservers at your registrar. This way the real primary provider is “hidden”. You will then need to configure updates so that when you update your primary provider’s records, they are sent to your secondary (DNS Made Easy).
Basically, your primary is the real set of nameservers that are authoritative for your DNS information, but you would use a secondary provider to propagate those changes across a global network. That way you can continue to use your custom configurations but support them with a reliable and fast global IP Anycast+ network. It also adds an extra layer of security, protecting your nameservers from attacks and the public eye.
We recommend this configuration for organizations that use on-premises DNS solutions, but don’t want them to be visible to the world. You can also use a hidden primary if you have unique configurations, provisioning, or automation for your DNS changes that can’t be configured with a traditional DNS service.
Update your domain through your registrar (where you bought your domain) to use the DNS Made Easy nameservers. If you are using a Primary/Secondary or Hidden Primary configuration, you may only need to list DNS Made Easy nameservers or both providers’ nameservers.
Update your authoritative providers’ NS records for your domain (should match the registrar in step 2).Learn how
Configure your primary name server / provider to NOTIFY DNS Made Easy should any update be made. If a traditional NOTIFY is not possible then DNS Made Easy will revert to the serial number check found in the SOA record.
Tutorial: Learn how to setup Secondary DNS in the DNS Made Easy Control panel.Learn how
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