Tag: SOA record

SOA record: What is it and how to use it?SOA record: What is it and how to use it?

Today we will explore one of the most fundamental DNS record types, which exactly is the SOA record. First, we will see what is its definition and then we will take a look at its structure. Finally, we will explain why is SOA record so critical for properly working the Domain Name System.

SOA record – Meaning

The most essential component of a Zone file is an SOA (Start of Authority) record. The SOA record is a mechanism for the domain administrator to provide basic details about the domain, such as how frequently it is updated, when it was last updated when to check back for more information, what the administrator’s email address is, and so forth. It establishes the general attributes of the zone and is the first DNS record in a zone file. Only one SOA record may be present in a Zone file.

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DNS record types for your Reverse DNS zoneDNS record types for your Reverse DNS zone

Here is a list of the different DNS record types you could add to your Reverse DNS zone. 

PTR record

The PTR record, or also known as a pointer record, has a very precise and important function. Its goal is to link the IP address to the domain name. In addition, there is a piece of good news, and it is able to perform successfully both with IPv4 addresses and IPv6 addresses. Moreover, this type of DNS record is an essential piece required for you to have Reverse DNS. It is able to exist only in the Reverse DNS zone. So, it would be best if you did not place it in the Forward DNS zone.

Learn how to configure your PTR record!

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