Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

My first article on the Huffington Post is up on HuffPost here. I feel very lucky to have gotten to meet Arianna years ago when I did tech work for her company, publishing, and at her home. She’s a very special lady and, while it’s been a long time, I still recall a few very cool and sometimes odd conversations. She’s not connected to this, but I’m proud to be involved with anything she’s involved with. And, oddly there’s parity: we’ve both written 15 books. Not even remotely oddly, she’s sold far more than I have. I hope this is the first of many articles, helping with tech and Apple and beyond. A very special thanks to all involved!!! firsthuffpostarticle

December 2nd, 2015

Posted In: Articles and Books, Bushel, Interviewing, iPhone, Mac OS X

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  • Brian Smith

    Hey Krypted, I couldn’t find a comments section on your DNS setup page, wanted to ask a quick question regarding NS records.
    I have my DNS server on a new mac mini running el capitan. I have 3 Primary local domains,, that exist on the following subnet ranges 10.0.1.x,10.0.2.x,10.0.3.x.
    The DNS server is physically connected to the first domain with IP, and so when i added its record it created the appropriated A record and also the NS record as well as the reverse zone.
    Any machine on any of the subnets will use this server as the Primary DNS server for all local zones.
    As i mentioned I also have 2 additional Primary local domains, I have added various A records for machines that will exist in the 2nd domain, however the first A record that i added created its own NS file as well.
    What i wanted to know is does this zone require a NS record? and if so how should it be setup?
    for now i deleted the NS file in Zone2 as it just referenced the zone and the name of that machine.

    thanks for any advice

    • krypted

      Hey Brian,

      You will need a zone file. The Server app will create them if you create a Secondary Zone. You have to do Show All Records to see the additional record types in the GUI. From there, things typically make more sense for more seasoned admins… When you setup a secondary zone, it should keep a copy of the records, but you’d have to mess with them a bit to make them useable in the event that the server hosting the primary zone is lost.

      Hope that helps!


      • Brian Smith

        Just to clarify,
        Yes I am using the new GUI

        The subnet 10.0.1.x is the primary zone this already has a NS record which was created when I added the DNS server machine as a A record.

        I assume then that my second subnet 10.9.2.x with the private domain name should be added as a secondary zone rather than a 2nd primary zone? And the same for the third subnet?


    • Brian Smith

      I figured it out, didn’t need the additional nameservers, i could just add the different machines from all 3 subnets under one hostname, the hostname in this case really doesn’t matter as its just a private dummy one.
      Now i can ping just the server/machine name from any subnet and also connect to any device windows or mac onany subnet using just the hostname rather than the FQDN