There are a lot of people moving their domains here from Godaddy lately. In addition to simply moving their DNS over to us completely – there are also many who are opting to stick with Godaddy and adding us on as secondary / additional DNS.
We remain advocates of “multi provider” DNS solutions but setting it up is always a bit more tricky. (If you do move over here completely, please do it in the sequence described in this post, to avoid any DNS outages resulting from Godaddy deleting your DNS settings before you are active here.)
The docs on Godaddy’s side for setting up Secondary DNS are here.
Here are a few things you should know in terms of getting this working, specifically as it relates to using Godaddy as a master and easyDNS as the secondary:
- You need to upgrade your domain to Godaddy’s premium DNS in order to be able to have an external secondary DNS (or to have Godaddy slave your DNS there from someplace else).
- Godaddy allows you to specify one of two IP addresses over there for us to slave from:
- xfr03.domaincontrol.com (22.214.171.124) Use THIS one if you will NOT use TSIG
- xfr04.domaincontrol.com (126.96.36.199) Use THIS one if you will use TSIG
- Godaddy does not send DNS “notify” packets to us (or any third party nameserver) when you update your zone settings – so set your “refresh” interval in your SOA there to a suitable value (also note that we put in a process here which reloads any Godaddy secondaries several times an hour)
The important thing is that you use the .15 IP address if you are using TSIG and .16 if you are not.
We haven’t had anybody going the other way (using us as master and Godaddy as secondary) to know what the idiosyncrasies are around that (for example, we do not know if Godaddy accepts and acts on receiving notify packets).