DNS Management Conflict

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I, initially, setup Lightsail to manage my domain, "qwikfoto.com". Then, to get AWS SES working, I had to setup Route 53 to manage the DNS. So, I setup my record set in Route 53, and attempted to transfer management of the DNS from Lightsail to Route 53. The documentation instructed me to change the Lightsail name servers to use the Route 53 name servers, however, there's no provision in Lightsail to do this. The only option I had was to delete the DNS zone from Lightsail. I, also changed the TTL setting on the NS record (in route 53) from 2 days to 60 seconds. Now, we're completely off the air. Nothing is being resolved.

Was this the best course of action? Is there a better way of doing it?

  • Exact same problem. I have a domain in route 53, and my lightsail hosting asks me to do this, " To make Lightsail the DNS service for a domain, you configure the domain registration to use these name servers ... ." But the name servers Lightsail specified could not be edited and it is different from the name servers route53 specified. If I follow Lightsail name server, the email stops working ?! Isn't I just ignore the lightsail instructions?

Paul
asked 4 years ago485 views
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Accepted Answer

Hi,

Sorry, I should have started by looking at the configuration for qwikfoto.com.

Name servers appear in three places, and typically they should all be in synch:
~ The name servers that Route 53 assigns to a hosted zone when you create it. These are the "master" name servers and can't be changed. Name servers in the other locations usually match these.
~ The name servers in the NS record in the hosted zone.
~ The name servers that are associated with the domain registration. These are the name servers that control which DNS configuration is in use.

For qwikfoto.com, the "master" name servers match the name servers in the NS record, but they don't match the name servers for the domain registration. This typically means that someone did the following:
~ Deleted the hosted zone that Route 53 created during domain registration
~ Created a new hosted zone, which has four different name servers than the name servers for the original hosted zone

Here's how to fix that:

  1. Get the name servers that Route 53 assigned to the hosted zone when you created it. See "Getting the Name Servers for a Public Hosted Zone" in the Route 53 Developer Guide:
    https://docs.aws.amazon.com/Route53/latest/DeveloperGuide/GetInfoAboutHostedZone.html

  2. Update the domain registration to use the four name servers that you got in step 1. See "Adding or Changing Name Servers and Glue Records for a Domain":
    https://docs.aws.amazon.com/Route53/latest/DeveloperGuide/domain-name-servers-glue-records.html

Scott

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answered 4 years ago
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Hi,

Lightsail has documentation about how to use Route 53 as the DNS service for a Lightsail instance:

https://lightsail.aws.amazon.com/ls/docs/en_us/articles/amazon-lightsail-using-route-53-to-point-a-domain-to-an-instance

Scott

EXPERT
answered 4 years ago
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I've read all the documentation, and in each case, it says to, "Use the method that is provided by the current DNS service (that is, Lightsail) for the domain to update the NS record for the hosted zone.". The problem is that Lightsail provides NO method to update the NS record. So, the only thing I can do is to delete zone and wait for the resolver to query the DNS.

Edited by: pcameron60 on Mar 31, 2020 12:37 AM

Edited by: pcameron60 on Mar 31, 2020 12:38 AM

Paul
answered 4 years ago

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