Rackspace DNS

Log into the Rackspace cloud control panel and click on on the DNS tab at the top of the screen.

Create Domain

Then click on Create Domain, fill out the details, and click Create Domain again to complete.

Create Zone

And that’s it! You have created a zone file for your domain.

Now we need to add a DNS record. You can do this by clicking Actions --> Add DNS Record... or simply click Add Record.

Create an A Record
Create an A Record

Here we create an A Record. Now all requests for pikedom.com will resolve to the IP address of my web server. I also create an CNAME Record so that www.pikedom.com points to pikedom.com.

Create CNAME Record
Create CNAME Record

Now our simple zone file is complete and people should be able to easily find your site.

All Records

Now all we need to do is change the name servers that are responsible for managing your DNS. That means logging into the control panel of your domain name registrar (the people you leave your domain name from) and change the name servers for your domain to the below. For example, if you lease your domain name through GoDaddy.com, then you need to log into their control panel and repoint your name servers.

– dns1.stabletransit.com
– dns2.stabletransit.com

Once you have repointed your name servers, the changes can take some time to propagate around the world. You can get an idea of the current state by navigating to www.whatsmydns.net and searching for an A Record for your domain.

Whats My DNS

Here you can see the changes have currently only been picked up in some parts of South East Asia.

Rackspace Cloud DNS

Rackspace provides a great easy to use tool for managing your DNS.

The first thing you need to do is create a zone file for the domain you want to manage. To do this, first log into the mycloud.rackspace.co.uk customer portal and navigate to the DNS tab at the top of the page.

Click on “Create Domain” and fill out the details from the drop-down menu.

Rackspace Cloud DNS
Rackspace Cloud DNS

Click on “Create Domain” to create the zone file.

Create Domain
Create Domain

Now we need to add some DNS records to the zone file. Here I add an A record so the domain dummydomains.org.uk resolves to the IP 162.13.144.164.

Add DNS Records
Add DNS Records

The last thing we need to do is make sure the Rackspace name servers are authoritative for our domain. To do this, you will need to make contact with whoever you lease the domain name through. I bought my domain name through fasthosts.co.uk; normally you will just need to log onto the control panel provided by your DNS registrar and set the DNS name servers for the domain in question to the below.


dns1.stabletransit.com
dns2.stabletransit.com

Job done!

You can check to see how your DNS changes propagate around the world using the below website.

www.whatsmydns.net

www.whatsmydns.net--A-dummydomains.org.uk
www.whatsmydns.net–A-dummydomains.org.uk