Resource records comprise the data within a DNS zone. There is no fixed limit to the number of resource records a zone can own. In general, there can be zero, one, or more resource records of a given type. However, there are constraints on the number of certain types of records a zone can have.
All resource records have these required entries:
•Name—Name (host) that owns the record, such as example.com.
•Class (not required for all formats)—DNS supports only the IN (Internet) class of record.
•TTL (time to live)—Amount of time to store the record in cache, in seconds. If you do not include a TTL, Network Registrar uses the zone default TTL, defined in the SOA resource record.
•Type—Type of the record, such as A, NS, SOA, and MX. There are many types that various RFCs define, although ten or fewer are in common use.
•Record data—Data types whose format and meaning varies with record type.
Table A-1 lists all the resource record types Network Registrar supports. It provides the field syntax and the field descriptions, as well as how the fields are represented in the Network Registrar GUI.
Table A-1 Resource Records
Syntax and Description
Host Address— Name-to-address mapping for the zone
name ttl class A address
Web UI: Add or Edit Host for Zone page: Hostname, IP Address or Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type, Data
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host123 3600 IN A
A6 (replaces AAAA records)
name ttl class A6 address
In the data, the suffix address is an IPv6 address encoded in network order (high-order octet first). There must be exactly enough octets in this field to contain a number of bits equal to 128 minus prefix length, with 0 to 7 leading pad bits to make this field an integral number of octets. Pad bits, if present, must be set to zero when loading a zone file and ignored on reception. For example:
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=A6, Data=prefixlength suffixaddr prefixname, with data in the form:
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host456 A6 0
name ttl class AAAA address
Data is the IPv6 address format of eight sets of four hexadecimal digits, separated by colons. The first set of four digits is the high-order 16 bits of the address. You can omit leading zeros in sets and omit a value in a set if the value of the set is zero.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=AAAA, Data=address
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host456 AAAA
Andrew File System (AFS) Data Base—
name ttl class AFSDB subtype hostname
Subtype is either 1—AFS cell database server, or 2—DCE authentication name server. Hostname is the domain name of host that has a server for the cell named by the owner.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=AFSDB, Data=subtype hostname
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host4 AFSDB 1
Canonical Name— Aliases or nicknames
alias ttl class CNAME canonicalname
You cannot have any other resource records associated with a CNAME. Aliases are useful when you want the outside world to know a single, easily remembered name. You can also use aliases when a host changes its name. In that case, ensure that you have a CNAME pointer so that when people use the original name, it can be resolved to the newer one.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name=alias, TTL=CNAME, Type, Data=canonicalname
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host456 CNAME
Host Info— Hardware and software information for the host
name ttl class HINFO cpu os
Data is the hardware (CPU) and operating system.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=HINFO, Data=cpu os
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host5 HINFO CPU1 OS2
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Address—
name ttl class ISDN ISDNnumber [subaddr]
Data is the ISDN number of the owner and Direct Dial In, if any, and an optional ISDN subaddress string
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=ISDN, Data=ISDNnumber [subaddr]
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host6 ISDN ISDN88888
Mailbox Domain Name—
name ttl class MB mbox
Data is the domain name of the host with the specified mailbox.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=MB, Data=mbox
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host7 MB
Mail Group Member—
name ttl class MG mgroup
Data is the domain name of the mailbox group (mailing list).
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=MG, Data=mgroup
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host7 MG
name ttl class MINFO respmbox errormbox
Data is the mailbox responsible for the mailing list, and the mailbox to receive error messages.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=MINFO, Data=respmbox errormbox
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host7 MINFO
name ttl class MR newmbox
Data is the mailbox name to rename the owner mailbox.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=MR, Data=newmbox
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host7 MR
Mail Exchanger— Where to deliver the mail for a domain name
name ttl class MX pref mxname
Data is the preference value (16-bit integer for the preference for the record, with lower values having preference), and the domain name of the mail exchanger for the owner.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=MX, Data=pref mxname
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host8 MX 10
Naming Authority Pointer— Produces a new domain label or Universal Resource Identifier (URI). You can then use DNS to look up services for many resource names that are not in domain name syntax.
name ttl class NAPTR order pref flags serv regexp replace
•order—16-bit integer for the order in which to process the NAPTR records to ensure the correct ordering of rules, with low numbers processed before high numbers.
•pref—16-bit unsigned integer for the order in which to process NAPTR records with equal order values, with low numbers processed before high numbers.
•flags—Character-string containing flags to control aspects of rewriting and interpreting fields, single characters from the set [A-Z0-9] (not case-sensitive); the S, A and U flags denote a terminal lookup, the P flag says that the remainder of the application-side algorithm should be carried out protocol-specific.
•serv—Valid protocols or services.
•regexp—String containing a substitution expression applied to the original string held by the client to construct the next domain name to look up.
•replace—Next FQDN to query for NAPTR, SRV, or address records, depending on the value of the flags field.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, State, TTL, Type=NAPTR, Data=order pref flags service regexp replace
nrcmd> zone 8.6.4.e164.arpa addRR 188.8.131.52.6.7.9
naptr 100 10 u sip+E2U /^.*$/sip:email@example.com/ .
Name Server— Authoritative server for the zone
name ttl class NS nameserver
Machines that provide name service must not reside in the owner domain. For each domain, you must have at least one NS record. NS records for a domain must exist in both the zone that delegates the domain and in the domain itself. NS record names must have an equivalent A record (they cannot point to an alias).
Web UI: Add or Edit Zone page Nameservers: NS TTL, Add Nameserver
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR @ NS
Network Service Access Point (NSAP) Address
name ttl class NASP NSAPaddr
Data is the NSAPaddr—Octet values assigned by the assigning authority, a character string of the type used in TXT and HINFO records (see RFC 1706).
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=NSAP, Data=NSAPaddr
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host10 NSAP
Pointer— Reverse mapping
name ttl class PTR dname
Data is the domain name of host having the reverse record indicated by the owner. PTR records are used for reverse mapping, specifically in the in-addr.arpa zones for translation of addresses to names. PTRs use official names, not aliases. The name in a PTR record is the local IP address portion of the reverse name.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, State, TTL, Type=PTR, Data=dname
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR
184.108.40.206.in-addr.arpa. PTR host1234
name ttl class RP mbox txthost
Data is the domain name of the mailbox for the responsible person, and the domain name of host where TXT records exist.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=RP, Data=mbox txthost
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host7 RP
name ttl class RT pref intermediatehost
Data is the pref—16-bit integer for preference to give to this record among others of the same owner, and intermediatehost—domain name of the host serving as intermediate to reach the owner.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=RT, Data=pref intermediatehost
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host7 RT 10
Start of Authority— Every zone must have a single SOA record
name ttl class SOA primeserver hostmaster(serial refresh retry expire minimum)
Web UI: Add or Edit Zone page SOA Attributes: Serial Number, SOA TTL, Nameserver, Contact E-Mail, Secondary Refresh, Secondary Retry, Secondary Expire, Minimum TTL
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR @ 172800 IN SOA ns
hostmaster 1 10800 3600 604800 86400
name ttl class SRV priority weight port target
•priority—16-bit priority to give the record among the owner SRV records.
•weight—16-bit load to give the record at the same priority level.
•port—16-bit port on which to run the service.
•target—Domain name of host running on the specified port.
Administrators can use several servers for a single domain, move services between hosts with little difficulty, and designate some hosts as primary servers for a service and others as backups. Clients ask for a specific service or protocol for a domain and receive the names of any available servers. See Chapter 27, "Configuring DNS Update" for how this record affects Windows 2000 servers.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=SRV, Data=priority weight port target
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host2 SRV 10 1 60
name ttl class TXT textstring
Data is one or more text character strings that can contain any type of information.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=TXT, Data=textstring
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host2 TXT "this
Well Known Services—
name ttl class WKS addr protocol servicelist
•addr—32-bit IP address.
•protocol—8-bit IP protocol number, which can be TCP or UDP.
•servicelist—Variable-length bit map in 8-bit multiples of services, which can be TIME, TELNET, FTP, or SMTP.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=WKS, Data=addr protocol servicelist
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host8 WKS
192.168.40.56 TCP TELNET
name ttl class X25 PSDNaddr
Data is the character string of the Public Switch Data Network (PSDN) address in the X.121 numbering plan associated with the owner.
Web UI: Resource Records for Zone page: Name, TTL, Type=X25, Data=PSDNaddr
nrcmd> zone example.com addRR host9 IN X25