Question on dns servers

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by milk242, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. milk242 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2007
    Hi everyone,

    I'm fairly bored and since lost my job I wanted to learn about domain name servers.

    So from I understand, when you register a domain name you must provide it with two domain name servers so those domain name servers can point your domain name to an ip address of a machine hosting your website.

    So if you build your own DNS, how do you get a domain name assigned to that such as so you can provide your registered domain name that DNS?

    Am I understaind DNS correctly?
  2. Billy Boo Bob macrumors 6502

    Billy Boo Bob

    Jun 6, 2005
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    There are some registrars (like and many others) that will run your DNS for you if you want. You will still want to know some of the terminology, but most have wizards that walk you through it. That way you don't have to worry about running a DNS server yourself.
  3. assembled macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    excellent ambition, get "DNS and BIND" its a fabulous book

    Not quite right, its needs to be registered on at least one DNS server to enable people to resolve it.

    by all means host a DNS caching server yourself, but don't try and host your own domain on your own servers, at least until you understood the cricket book.
  4. Azgar macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    If I understand the question properly, you want to know how to get the actual DNS server registered. Some registrars have this ability built into their account management control panels. If they don't, you generally need to submit a support ticket or whatever and simply ask them to register as a name server pointing to IP address. As far as I know, you need to do this through whatever registrar you have registered at.

    For example, look at GoDaddy's support page on the topic:
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    When someone browses for your domain, it points them to the IP of the DNS server in question, not the name. The name is there for humans, not the computers.
  6. Azgar macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    Hopefully, that much is already common knowledge to anyone even considering running their own name servers. If not, I'd suggest seriously reconsidering. ;)
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Hey, everyone has to start somewhere, and it reference's the OP's question.
  8. milk242 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2007
    My question was basically since you have your DNS with an ip address, what provides the name such as It would have to be another DNS right? It would seem like an endless loop... what would provide the name resolution for those DNS ip's.

    But now I figured out that you could just register the ip address of your DNS on godaddy and it'll provide the name for it.

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