Setting up a .TO domain with Tonic, having trouble with DNS


#1

So I’ve registered a domain with Tonic.to (a .to registrar) and all I want to do is point this name’s A record to another IP (for example, to provide a custom domain for bit.ly)

However, Tonic’s DNS config only allows me to add the Primary and Secondary nameserver IP address and hostnames…there’s nothing about entering a ‘A’ or ‘CNAME’ record.

Am I supposed to enter ns1.dreamhost.com, etc. here? Then what?

Here is Tonic.to’s "DNS Primer"
http://www.tonic.to/dnsprimer.htm

[quote]Just like Network Solutions does for .COM, the Tonic nameserver delegates authority for all second level domains. What this means is that our server will not know the IP number for a given .TO name, but we will know which computer does know the answer, and will automatically refer any inquiry to the appropriate nameserver which is authoritative for your second level domain.

This is why when you register a .TO name with us, you have to provide the names of two (or more) nameservers that are authoritative for your domain name, so we can refer inquiries to these nameservers.

Typically, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) runs one or more nameservers, and you can arrange with your ISP to provide name service for your new .TO domain name. In their name server, they have to run two different records to provide support for your domain name. One of these is an “A” record, which provides the mapping from your domain name to the actual IP number of the machine with that name. The other is an “SOA” record, which indicates that your nameserver is authoritative for your .TO domain, i.e. that it knows how to find the IP number for any name in your .TO domain. If the details of this sound confusing, don’t worry - your ISP knows all about this, and sets this up for .COM names all the time. Names in .TO work exactly the same way, the only thing that differs is the spelling.

Once you have arranged for nameservice for your .TO name, you can return to our www.tonic.to page, and select the Edit DNS icon. After providing your domain name and DNS password, you can then enter the IP numbers and names of your nameservers[/quote]


#2

Enter ns1.dreamhost.com and ns2.dreamhost.com, and you will then be able to add and configure your domain through the DreamHost Panel.


#3

Thanks Andrew…When you say “add” the domain, what step do I have to do in DH? I guess I’m not understanding how adding the nameserver info in the Tonic.to panel connects it to my DH admin. Do I also need to transfer ownership from Tonic.to to my Dreamhost account?

(I’m assuming that authorization step is necessary, there was just no indication of it in the Tonic instructions above…I’m not even clear why they don’t have an option to set the A/CNAME fields in their panel…)


#4

Go the the Domains > Manage Domains tab in the panel, click the “Add New Domain / Sub-Domain” button at the top, and enter your domain name.

There’s no authorization step involved. Entering DreamHost’s nameservers in the toNIC site links the domain to our systems, and adding the domain to your account in the DreamHost Panel “takes ownership” of the domain on our end.