|Updated: May 30, 2001
Before you go through this
process you must make sure that you have already designated GraniteCanyon.com
as your primary and secondary nameservers. You do this my going to
the place you registered your domain (NetworkSolutions.com,
and they will have an option to specify the primary and secondary nameservers.
To use GraniteCanyon.com
they must be set as:
Primary Name Server: NS1.GRANITECANYON.COM
Secondary Name Server: NS2.GRANITECANYON.COM
Once this setup is done and
can be looked up by a WHOIS utility, then you can then progress to this
Also, you need to have a
zone file prepared to submit. Here is how to write one: Step
by Step: How to write a zone file
Here we go:
Go to GraniteCanyon.com
Click on "Create Primary
DNS" on the left menu:
You will see the form on
the right window:
Fill out your domain name
and a password of your choice:
You will see the following
SOA (Start of Authority):
Fill in your domain: dslwebserver.com
Email: This MUST a email
that is active now, so that means it cannot be firstname.lastname@example.org because
that would not be active yet.
RR: Put in the zone file
that you wrote from the example file. (Step
by Step: How to write a zone file)
this screenshot has an older version of the zone file which is why it looks
different from the example format. Use the example one, not the screenshot
Then hit save. You should
see the following confirmation:
Hit "back" on your web browser
then when the form comes back up with all your information in it, hit "send"
to submit the data to the name servers. If there are no DNS syntax
error, you should see the following response:
What do you do if you get
errors? Read the error messages carefully and go back to your zone file
and see if you can track down exactly what the problem is. If you're really
stuck, go to our online
forums and ask for help
Within a few seconds you
should get an email from GraniteCanyon.com
that looks like this:
Hit "forward" on your email
program and forward the message to: email@example.com
This is a confirmation email
that granitecanyon.com has received your submission and also to confirm
that you really exist. This DOES NOT mean that you zone files have been
implemented in the primary and secondary name servers.
You must wait a few hours
to get a separate email from both the primary and secondary nameservers
before you know your submission is complete.
Here are the emails saying
that your changes will be implemented in the next nameserver reload.
From nameserver 1:
From nameserver 2:
This means the changes are
scheduled to be inputted into the nameservers but you need to wait until
the nameservers actually update their information. They say that they update
the nameservers every 24 hours but sometimes they may take up to a few
days. Hey, it's a free service remember?
You can see when the nameservers
are updated by clicking on the "status update" link on the left menu. This
is the screen you should see:
If the computer cannot find
your domain, the problem may lie in two places. It could be that your domain
is registered but not updated in all the databases around the world. Or
it could be that the DNS nameserver is not configured correctly. Go to
the troubleshooting section of this guide to figure out these problems.
Zone file for www.dslwebserver.com:
IN NS ns1.granitecanyon.com.
dslwebserver.com. IN NS
dslwebserver.com. IN RP brian.dslwebserver.com.
dslwebserver.com. IN A 188.8.131.52
IN A 127.0.0.1
dslwebserver.com. IN MX 10
We did it! We bulldozed through
the most difficult part of setting up a webserver. Everything should be
easier from now here on.