Secondary DNS through DNS Made Easy allows you to keep the management of your DNS at GoDaddy while still using the power of DNS Made Easy for redundancy.
In a secondary DNS configuration your domain information (your zone) is transferred to secondary DNS servers. This provides copies of your zone to be found on additional servers and the extra level of redundancy that you will want to keep your site online all of the time.
NOTE: Setting up Secondary DNS can be complicated for many people new to DNS. It takes a good amount of understanding. But this tutorial can be used for anyone that is a little tech-savvy and is willing in a little time. If this tutorial is too confusing we highly suggest users switch to our Managed DNS services which have world-leading up-time and performance.
Here are the steps to enable DNS Made Easy as a Secondary DNS to GoDaddy:
Step 1: In order for GoDaddy to allow transfers to secondary name servers (such as DNS Made Easy’s name servers) you need to make sure your domain is using GoDaddy’s Premium DNS services. If you do not already use GoDaddy’s Premium DNS services then please contact GoDaddy to get this added to your account and applied to all of your domains.
Step 2: Create an account in DNS Made Easy. This is a very simple process and we have a video explaining how easy it is to do here. NOTE: For secondary DNS services there is a trust relationship that the primary name servers allow the secondary name servers to request a zone transfer (the full domain information) and the secondary name servers require trust of knowing they are getting the updates from the correct primary name servers. We will explain how to get this information from both GoDaddy and DNS Made Easy now.
Step 3: On the GoDaddy side you need to note what IPs you need to use to tell the secondary name servers (DNS Made Easy) to request the zone information from. If you are using GoDaddy’s Premium DNS (as this tutorial is for) it can be found here. As you can see the systems are:
This is a picture from the GoDaddy website:
Step 4: In DNS Made Easy you will then want to add these name servers to your Secondary IP Sets. But once you are done it should look something similar to the following:
Step 5: You will then want to add your Secondary DNS domain in DNS Made Easy. When you add your secondary DNS into DNS Made Easy you want to make sure that you choose to use the Secondary IP Set that you created of the GoDaddy name servers.
Step 6: On the DNS Made Easy side you need to know what systems to tell GoDaddy will be requesting the zone information. These IP's are:
Step 7: You will then need to tell GoDaddy that your domain(s) will need to allow zone transfers to the DNS Made Easy secondary name servers. This is done by first entering the configuration of your domain.
Step 8: Once you are in your domain’s configuration you will want to launch your Premium DNS Manager.
Step 9: Click on "Advanced DNS Settings"
Step 10: Select the “DNSSEC” tab and make sure DNSSEC is disabled for your domain. If you DNSSEC is already turned off then just continue to the next step.
Step 11: Select the “Secondary DNS” tab and enable Secondary DNS, specify that you will use GoDaddy as the Master name servers, and then enter the IPs that were assigned to you from DNS Made Easy.
Step 12:You must now enter the DNS Made Easy name servers as NS records in your domain. This is done by going back to your zone file editor.
Step 13: You will then want to add the necessary NS Records into the GoDaddy Control Panel for each of the DNS Made Easy secondary name servers. Click on “Quick Add” under your NS records listing:
Step 14: Enter the DNS Made Easy name servers assigned to you:
Step 15:Your last step is to add the DNS Made Easy name servers in your domain registration. You can do this by going back into your original domain’s registration information (not the Premium DNS control panel) and click on “Set Nameservers”.
Step 16: Choose the option to specify your own name servers:
Step 17: Enter the DNS Made Easy name servers and click on “OK”.
Step 18: That's it. You're done!