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When moving domains from one nameserver to another, one needs to verify that the target nameservers are correctly configured before making the switch. Most nameservers don't allow zone transfer requests any more; how can I do this?

asked 15 Dec '10, 11:38

rob c
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Found a partial answer to my own question using the O'Reilly DNS and BIND book:

% dig @ns1.webfaction.com example.com axfr

; <<>> DiG 9.6.0-APPLE-P2 <<>> @ns1.webfaction.com example.com axfr
; (1 server found)
;; global options: +cmd
example.com.        3600    IN  SOA ns4.webfaction.com. hostmaster.example.com. 1 10800 3600 604800 3600
example.com.        3600    IN  MX  10 mx7.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  MX  10 mx8.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  MX  10 mx9.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  MX  10 mx10.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  NS  ns1.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  NS  ns2.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  NS  ns3.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  NS  ns4.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  A   174.133.82.194
www.example.com.    3600    IN  A   174.133.82.194
www.example.com.    3600    IN  MX  10 mx7.webfaction.com.
www.example.com.    3600    IN  MX  10 mx8.webfaction.com.
www.example.com.    3600    IN  MX  10 mx9.webfaction.com.
www.example.com.    3600    IN  MX  10 mx10.webfaction.com.
example.com.        3600    IN  SOA ns4.webfaction.com. hostmaster.example.com. 1 10800 3600 604800 3600
;; Query time: 68 msec
;; SERVER: 207.44.144.46#53(207.44.144.46)
;; WHEN: Wed Dec 15 12:40:43 2010
;; XFR size: 16 records (messages 1, bytes 376)

I'm not sure if this is comprehensive or not.

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answered 15 Dec '10, 11:42

rob c
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edited 15 Dec '10, 11:43

Most servers will not allow axfr requests (DNS zone transfer).

(15 Dec '10, 11:44) aaronh ♦♦

At the moment I only care about WebFaction's nameservers, and per above it seems to work. If WebFaction is going to remove the ability to do this, then it should be added to the control panel. (Actually the ability to list a zone should be added to the control panel regardless...)

(15 Dec '10, 11:47) rob c

If you only need our name server information, you can find it in our documentation here: http://docs.webfaction.com/user-guide/domains.html#pointing-your-domain-to-webfaction-s-servers

(15 Dec '10, 11:52) aaronh ♦♦

I'm not sure which DNS records you need. If you only need name server records, you can get them using the following command:

dig ns domain.com

You would need to replace domain.com with the domain in question.

Or, you can use nslookup. Just enter nslookup at the command line. Then, if you want name server records, enter the following:

set querytype=NS
domain.com

Again, replace domain.com with the correct domain.

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answered 15 Dec '10, 11:47

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