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    Redundant DNS

    Hi!

    I just have a simple question. I have been working on and designing a hosting company. Now setting up my names servers has came to a question. When I ran a previous business with a partner he only use Name Servers on 1 Machine in 1 location.

    Now my question is my first server is going to be located in New Jersey, USA . So that is where My first set of DNS starts. With my previous partner I noticed most of the customers were based in Europe, Philippines, etc. Over seas. Now What I am asking is Will a VPS in a different location work for DNS Server. That way I can keep a lower budget till we get a few customers under out belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarney1987 View Post
    Now What I am asking is Will a VPS in a different location work for DNS Server.
    Yes. Even a small VPS will be fine for DNS only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarney1987 View Post
    Hi!

    I just have a simple question. I have been working on and designing a hosting company. Now setting up my names servers has came to a question. When I ran a previous business with a partner he only use Name Servers on 1 Machine in 1 location.

    Now my question is my first server is going to be located in New Jersey, USA . So that is where My first set of DNS starts. With my previous partner I noticed most of the customers were based in Europe, Philippines, etc. Over seas. Now What I am asking is Will a VPS in a different location work for DNS Server. That way I can keep a lower budget till we get a few customers under out belt.
    Good for you!

    There are far too many hosts trying to fake it by putting ns1 and ns2, not only on the same subnet, but on the same server -- and even worse on the same server as their web, email and database servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foobic View Post
    Yes. Even a small VPS will be fine for DNS only.
    Like foobic said, a small VPS would work great for this. I know of a few companies who are using a small cluster of VPS's (2 or more) for this purpose.
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    That is actually a good solution. Yes having both name servers down at at the same time would be a nightmare since all your client domains will be down at the same time.

    Having a VPS for the secondary DNS on a different location would is a good solution.
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    Thanks for the reply everyone. I figured a small vps would be able to handle it. I just want the company I launch to be done right unlike all those other host with 1 box and 2 Name servers on 1 box. Plus if your name servers are setup as redundant DNS then your customers far off from the server gets better response times.

    Thanks for replying
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarney1987 View Post
    Thanks for the reply everyone. I figured a small vps would be able to handle it. I just want the company I launch to be done right unlike all those other host with 1 box and 2 Name servers on 1 box. Plus if your name servers are setup as redundant DNS then your customers far off from the server gets better response times.

    Thanks for replying
    I like your approach and I assume that is something what will makes all your customers more loyal to you
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    Thats the plan. There are many host out there. But between the company I launch and the other companies out there. I must make something that is better in the end. All though the big companies do it already.
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    Another thumbs up for the OP.

    Finally, someone who understands that there is a reason for having at least one other dns server besides chewing up space on the same machine!

    You can also get together with one or more of your trusted associates and arrange to slave each other's zones.

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    Remote mail servers will retry sending mail so long as the DNS servers of a domain is up (even if the mail server is down). That's one big advantage of having redundantly hosted DNS; otherwise if all your DNS servers are down and the mail server is down (e.g. if all services hosted on the same physical machine) then mail will not even be attempted to be delivered but bounced back to the sender.
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