SOA (Start of Authority) records are used to determine how your zone propagates to the secondary nameservers. DNS Made Easy creates a default SOA record for each domain added into our system. However, you can create and customize your own SOA record and assign it to a domain within DNS Made Easy.

SOA Records have the following fields:

  • Name – This is the name that this record will have in the DNS Made Easy system, you will use this name to identify your record.
  • TTL – The number of seconds that this record will be cached in other servers.
  • Computer – The FQDN of the name server that was the original or primary source of data for this zone.
  • Email – A domain-name (FQDN) that specifies the mailbox of the person responsible for this zone.
  • Starting Serial – The starting serial number (the number version of your zone / domain). If you apply this SOA to a domain that is already created, the serial number will be incremented by one.
  • Refresh – The time interval (in seconds) before the zone should be refreshed. Recommended value – 86400 (24 Hours)
  • Retry – The time interval (in seconds) before a failed refresh should be retried. Recommended value – 7200 (2 Hours)
  • Expire – The time internal (in seconds) that specifies the upper limit on the time internal that can elapse before the zone is no longer authoritative. This is when the secondary name servers will expire if they are unable to refresh. Recommended value – up to 2419200 (672 Hours)
  • Negative Cache – The amount of time a record not found is cached. Recommended values can vary, between 180 and 172800 (3 min – 2 days)

Step 1: Select “SOA Records”

Step 2: Click the plus sign (+) to add a new SOA Record

Step 3: Insert SOA record details

Enter the requested SOA record details, we will create a custom SOA record for example.com with a new primary server that references the Vanity NS configuration for this domain ns0.example.com.

Now, we apply the SOA record to the domain.

Step 4: Select the DNS Menu

Step 5: Select a domain

Select a domain from the either the “Recently Updated Domains” box, or start typing the domain name in the textbox on the “Select Domain” tab.

Step 6: Click on the “Settings” tab.

Step 7: Apply your SOA record to your domain from the SOA Record drop down menu. Click Save.

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