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Managing Advanced DNS Records

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How to Manage Advanced DNS Records



Advanced DNS Records are pre-configured to utilize your Network Solutions® services. Advanced users may wish to modify these records in order to add new hosts to the domain, change IP addresses, or modify where email messages are delivered.  This option is helpful if you want to keep one of your Network Solutions services active (e.g., your emailbox) and host your other service (e.g., your website) with another provider.

In order to use Advanced DNS Manager, your Domain Name Servers must be moved to Network Solutions managed Name Servers. 

Please Note

When you move Name Servers to Network Solutions, your existing Name Servers will no longer be used.  As a result, website and email from other providers will be lost.

1.   Within Account Manager, select My Domain Names

2.   Select the domain name you want to change and select Manage 

3.   In the green box, select Change Where Domain Points

4. Select Advanced DNS

5. Select the type of record you would like to work with

IP Address (A records)

This is the Address Record and is used to map the domain name server (or hostname) to its numeric IP address. In other words, the A record resolves a domain name or points the domain name to the correct location by means of the IP address.

1) In the IP Address (A records) section, click on the Edit A Records button

a) To remove and replace existing Numeric IP addresses you first must select the box next to each A record you need to Delete and click Continue. On the Confirm DNS Changes page click Save Changes.

b) To add the new Host and Numeric IP addresses or update the existing Numeric IP addresses enter the appropriate information in the text boxes, if needed modify the TTL settings (7200 is the default) then click on the Continue button.

2) A confirmation page will appear verifying that your records have been updated, review the information carefully, and then click on the Save Changes button.

 

Mail Servers (MX Records)

This is the Mail Exchange Record and it is used to create a mail route for a domain name. A domain name can have multiple mail routes, each assigned a priority number. The mail route with the lowest number identifies the server responsible for the domain. Other mail servers listed will be used as backups. Without this record you would not receive your email messages.

1) In the Mail Servers (MX Records) section, click on the Edit MX Records button

a) To remove existing Mail Servers (MX Records) select the box next to each Mail Server you need to Delete and click Continue. On the Confirm DNS Changes page click Save Changes.

b) To add pre-existing Mail Servers (MX Records) enter the Priority number (10 thru 90) and the Mail Server in the text boxes, if needed modify the TTL settings (7200 is the default) then click on the Continue button.

c) To add New Mail Servers (MX Records) enter the Priority number (10 thru 90) and the Mail Server in the text boxes, if needed modify the TTL settings (7200 is the default) then click on the Continue button. On the next screen enter the Numeric IP address in the text boxes then click on the Go button.

2) A confirmation page will appear verifying that your records have been updated, review the information carefully, and then click on the Save Changes button.

 

Host Aliases (CNAME Records)

A CNAME (canonical name) record is a DNS record that can be used to create an alias for the domain and allow traffic for the domain name to be redirected somewhere else.  You can only create a CNAME for a third level domain, the Advanced DNS manager does not provide the option to create an alias for the second level.  This would potentially create conflicts with other records and could result in the loss of email or website services.  If you would like to redirect traffic for a second level domain you can review our Web Forwarding product.

1) In the Host Aliases (CNAME Records) section, click on the Edit CNAME Records button

a) Type the new Aliases or update the existing Aliases in the Alias text boxes, if needed modify the TTL settings (7200 is the default).

b) Select one of the two:

i) Refers to Host Name to alias another record assigned to this domain. Select the host name from the drop-down box under the Host Name column

ii) Other Host to alias another domain. The information entered in this field must be a domain name. It cannot be an IP address or a specific directory.

2) Click on the Continue button.

3) A confirmation page will appear verifying that your records have been updated, review the information carefully, and then click on the Save Changes button.

 

Text (TXT Records) / SPF (Sender Policy Framework)

TXT records have several functions. One common function is to use the TXT record to create an SPF.  SPF records help to stop email spammers from forging the "From" fields in an e-mail. It allows the owner of a domain to designate the IP address that can be used to send email from that domain. Need help creating an SPF TXT record click on this site directly above entries.

1) In the Text (TXT Records) section, click on the Edit TXT Records button

2) Type a new Host name or 3rd Level name under the Host Field and insert your text record in the text box on the right-hand side of the screen. Then click on the Continue button.

3) A confirmation page will appear verifying that your records have been updated, review the information carefully, and then click on the Save Changes button.

 

Service (SRV Records)

This type of record allows a user to locate a specific service on a network rather than a specific machine.  An A record is designed to locate a server or host while the SRV record locates a service provided on the network.  The service could be a printer, VOip, FTP, or other similar services. They work similar to how MX records functions, just with different types of services.

1) In the Service (SRV Records) section, click on the Edit SRV Records button

a) To remove existing Service (SRV Records) select the box next to each Service (SRV Record) you need to Delete and click Continue.

b) To Add Service (SRV Records) enter the additional options based on the type of SRV Records that are being added.

  • Service: the name that refers to the desired service.
  • Protocol: the protocol of the desired service; this is usually either TCP or UDP.
  • Name: the domain name for which this record is valid.
  • TTL: standard time to live field.
  • Priority: the priority of the target host, lower value means more preferred. The priority can be any number 0 and 65535
  • Weight: A relative weight for records with the same priority. Determines which of the records with the same priority are delivered more frequently. Enter the proportional volume of traffic as a percent
  • Port: the TCP or UDP port on which the service is to be found. The port can be any number 0 and 65535
  • Target: the name of the machine providing the service.
  • 2) A confirmation page will appear verifying that your records have been updated, review the information carefully, and then click on the Save Changes button.

Please Note 

Advanced DNS updates will take up to 2 hours to take effect (updates may resolve more quickly at some locations than others because many name servers on the Internet retrieve updates at different times).