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(edited by: rcjordan at 12:46 am (utc) on Jan. 17, 2002)
There is a program similar to BIND (a UNIX DNS server) for W2K, but I haven't installed it. I can't recall the name off hand, but if you do a search for "BIND Windows 2000" you'll find it.
The DNS entries are very important - as they contain your MX and A records, so I'd rather let Verio keep those for me.
I can edit them at any time, but I didn't want the added responsibility of my own DNS server.
If you had your own DNS set up, or signed up for hosting with an ISP, you would then enter the IP addresses of the primary and secondary dns (either your own and/or the ISP's) as the entries for the primary and secondary DNS.
FWIW, I don't know how much you know about DNS, but if you are not familiar with it I would suggest some reading on Bind (for Unix/Linux) there is also a port of Bind for NT, if you go with Bind, stay away from versions lower than 8. You can also use the DNS server that comes with Win/2000 server (not included with the desktop version I believe).
Some DNS/Bind info that may be of interest can be found HERE [dns.net].
Once you get familiar with Bind I'd be happy to answer some questions to get you going, there is just too much involved to answer it as an open ended question.
Or you can go to [dyndns.org...] and donate $30. and use their DNS for your registered domain (while you work on setting up your own if that is what you ultimately would like to do).
.... and welcome to WebmasterWorld, hope you enjoy the forums.
This is the basic process that you'll need to complete:
Register your Name Servers with your Domain Name Registrar.
Install the W2k DNS service.
Create your Zones.
Populate the Zones with your resource records.
I try to point the Registrar's to my name server ns1.atmydomain.ca and I get
"The following problems were found with your DNS servers... Please verify your data and try again An error was found with ns1.atmydomain.ca"
And when I get more info I get
"Error: Nameserver # is the same as Nameserver #. [95%]
A nameserver in your list was specified twice.Each domain must have at least two distinct,...
Error: The nameserver does not exist [95%]
One of the nameservers you specified has not been registered.Please contact your hoster to verify...
How do I register a new nameserver? [80%]
Only the owner of a domain can perform the initial registration of a nameserver under... "
W2K DNS is installed, I believe that the zones I created are correct.
Now do I have to get the provider of my broadband highspeed cable to enter entries into their DNS?
Assuming this is the correct IP and YOU can access a web server on it, find out who else can and go from there. AFTER all of that is working correctly is the time to add DNS addressing. Remember, DNS names are simply "alaises" for IPs. If the underlying IP setup isn't correct...