The DNS or Domain Name System is a distributed internet wide database for converting domain names into IP addresses. In order for one computer to locate and communicate with another via the internet each device connected to the internet needs a unique address that is not shared with any other device. This unique address is know as an IP or Internet Protocol address.
There are two versions of these addresses IPv4 and IPv6. IPv4 is the older style of address and has the form of four groups of numbers separated by full stops, but is the most commonly used and supported form, for example, the IPv4 address for "www.memset.com" is "126.96.36.199". The newer version; IPv6, has eight groups of four hexadecimal numbers separated by colons, for example, the IPv6 address for "www.memset.com" is "2a02:24e0:0:1::3".
Domains names are needed because people are not very good at remembering long strings of numbers but we are good at remembering words and names. For this reason a system was created where human usable domain names could be translated into the machine usable IP. This translation database is the DNS system.
Memset has an extremely robust DNS cluster comprised of three physically separated servers each of which contains a full set of Memset DNS records, these servers act as Nameservers. There are three in order to provide redundancy and ensure an exceptionally high level of uninterrupted service. In the unlikely event that two of the DNS servers go offline, normal service will be maintained by the third.
The Memset DNS service is offered free of charge to all Memset customers with an Active Product, along with a self-service management interface and API Methods, to create, amend and remove DNS records, as required. There is no limit to the number of domains that can used nor a limit on the number of records that can be configured for each domain.
The Memset Nameservers have the following details:
ns1.memset.com 188.8.131.52 ns2.memset.com 184.108.40.206 ns3.memset.com 220.127.116.11
How to use the Memset DNS Service
To begin using the Memset DNS service there are several steps that must be completed in order, ensuring as minimal interruption in service as possible for the domain name and it's associated services. These steps are as follows:
- The domain must be added to the Memset DNS manager.
- All needed DNS records created in the Zone for that Domain
- The domains Nameservers are pointing to the Memset Nameservers.
The records are created first so that when the transfer takes place the needed DNS records already exist in the Memset DNS servers ensuring no, or very limited interruption of service.
You can always use the Memset API to import a range of DNS Records for you Automatically.