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DNS is a service that many people take for granted. You don’t realize just how crucial it is until it goes down. Now is always the time to monitor your DNS—what is your uptime history? How is your network resiliency?
It is imperative to evaluate your DNS provider and configurations to assess if you are set up with the best security, reliability, and cost-effective arrangement for the services you need to properly provide the best service to your end users.
Whether you are in the process of migrating your DNS or you have just thought about it, you know that timing is key.
While there might not be a "perfect" time to migrate DNS services for all types of domains, there are several factors that can play into determining when to complete a migration. Try analyzing your domain's previous trends to establish a manageable time to smoothly transition your DNS to a new provider.
It’s important to keep in mind that each organization is different. The ideal time for sales and e-commerce domains might be right after holiday shopping when traffic patterns are lighter. For development companies, this can be at the end of a fiscal year. Educational institutions may find it difficult to transition during standard operating times and may want to consider doing it during spring break, in between semesters, or even over the holidays.
Situational instances like company acquisitions may also lead to a change in service providers or maybe it’s even part of your DNS spring cleaning checklist. Whatever the reason and whenever the time—plan accordingly.
If you were moving from one home to another, you wouldn’t do so without mapping out a strategy. The same goes when moving to another DNS provider.
These are the key strategic points that we will cover to help ensure a seamless migration with no associated downtime:
There is no standardized solution for every domain. It’s crucial to evaluate the DNS market for the best services and features for your organization. Talk to your team to find out the must-have “amenities.” Once this is established, it’s time to start shopping.
Now that you have your requirements established, it’s time to choose a provider. We have compiled a shortlist of the top recommendations to help you in your search.
Contracts cause stressful vendor lock-in situations - First things first. You want to avoid being locked into a provider with a contract—at all costs. If you sign an exclusive contract with a DNS provider, you are only able to use their services. And let me tell you, those contracts are not short-term either with some trapping you for several years. This should be at the top of your things-to-look-for list when choosing your new DNS provider to avoid vendor lock-in.
Products, services, and solutions—oh my! Ah yes, here we are. We know you’ve been waiting for this topic. Based on your needs, it’s important to formulate a strategy of solutions to ensure that your domain stays up and running at peak performance at all times. This is an area that we at Constellix know all too well. Here are some of our top solutions to help aid in your search.
Ease of moving - Look for the path of least resistance when preparing for this change. If you’re a pro, you can do it yourself, or you can select a provider like us who can do the heavy-lifting for you.
Support packages - Don't underestimate the value of good support. You’ll want a team that can be of service to you. Here at Constellix, we offer various online aids in the form of video tutorials, knowledge base articles, how-to blogs, and affordable plans to suit your DNS needs.
When planning a move, whether it is business or residential, you wouldn't think twice about having electricity, running water, and even the internet before relocating.
The same goes for migrating DNS. This will make the transition much smoother if you establish your new DNS service before shutting down at the previous location. This ensures a worry-free transfer and a little bit of cushion to tie up any loose ends.
• Import the zone file to your new provider
• Import Options (see Constellix Migration Options section for more details):
• Import DNS Records from a Zone File - BIND format file required
• Import Domains with API Keys - API credentials required
• Import DNS Records from a template - Template required (Create your own or use one of our customized templates)
• Import Domains through AXFR transfer - Nameserver with AXFR transfer enabled required
• Lower the TTL to 5 seconds with your current provider before the migration takes place
• Raise the TTL to 3600 seconds (2 hours) or to your preferred TTL within your new provider after the migration is complete
Constellix offers multiple ways in which domains and records can be migrated. For simple configurations, you can simply import your records. For custom or complex configurations, it is recommended to manually add your records and domains.
For walkthroughs, select the method below that best applies.
Good luck with your move! Feel free to reach out to us. When changing DNS providers it is critical that NO downtime is experienced. At Constellix, we complete thousands of imports per week and we are here to help with any migration questions that you may have along the way. Want to know more about our services? Book a free demo to see what the hype is all about. Put your trust in us for your DNS management.
Here are some recommended reads with more great DNS migration tips:
9 Things to Consider Before Choosing a DNS Provider
Taking Accountability of Outages
Securing Networks to Support Virtual Learning
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