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Domain Transfer, to Hurricane Electric

James F. Carter <>, 2019-08-23

Since 2011-06-13, CouchNet has been using Dynamic Network Services Inc. ( as our DNS provider, with excellent service. However, Oracle swallowed in about 2017 and they are now transferring Dyn Standard DNS customers (that's us) to their own service, plus the rest of the Dyn customers. Jimc is getting kicked off the service, thinks Oracle is a pack of weasels, and would prefer to switch to a new provider other than Oracle.

Requirements for the new provider:

Which Provider Should I Switch To?

A search on Google for "dynamic dns provider comparison" delivers these comparison articles. They seem to concentrate on free services.

Dynamic DNS: is it still useful, or is it now irrelevant?

(2018-03-27 by Kevin Bowyer.) Yes it's still relevant for a surveillance or home monitoring camera network. He mentions and No-IP as dynamic DNS providers.

What's the right solution for dynamic DNS these days?

(2017-12-08, OP Jehos "the Hutt".)

Best DDNS Providers?

(2017-06-11, OP Lec8316.)

10 Best Free DNS Hosting Providers

(2018-10-10, by Brian Jackson.) He starts with an explanation of what DNS is and why a competent provider is important. Then the recommendations "in no particular order". He concludes by saying that by quantitative metrics, the free services are excellent and at a similar level as the paid providers.

Transferring to Hurricane Electric

I'm already using Hurricane Electric for IPv6 tunneling, with excellent service. (But I switched for reasons that were no fault of Hurricane Electric.) Obviously, if Hurricane Electric can support my domain, I should use them. So what can I get them to do for me? They have their own DNS servers, with dynamic updates, and they have a front end to for domain registration.

Hurricane Electric's domain registration service is called You need to create a separate account on it. They will want a loginID, password, and answer for a security question, e.g. your favorite pet. They also want contact information: full name, e-mail, physical address, phone number. This information will be posted publicly in the WHOIS database as the contact person for your newly registered domain.

Here's the rather complicated procedure to transfer the domain, as seen by me. Navigation details are specific for Hurricane Electric and, but the general workflow probably will be similar for other registrars.

Account and Preparation on the New Registrar

Prepare and Unlock on the Old Registrar

Transfer the Domain to the New Registrar

Expediting the Transfer

Populating and Activating Your Domain

Hurricane Electric DNS Service

The free DNS service is at . It looks like there's more than enough technical capability for my net. There's a quantitative limit of 50 zones on the free service. In my case this includes the reverse zone for my tunnel. What about bulk upload and download (backups)? (Same for Dyn.)

On for the domain (2019-08-24), queries during 2019-07-xx: 6.3e4 which is 8% of the limit for my tier of 7.5e5/month. TTL is 600 sec for all records.

Forum posts say it is possible to make do a AXFR to suck a zone from a specified nameserver. But I couldn't find a working procedure. An alternative is to download a copy of your zone file — also as a backup copy. I know how to do that on but I haven't found the procedure on yet, and then I would have to upload the file which I also don't know how to do. I populated my zone by hand. Here are some details from the process:

Hurricane Electric supports some modern RR types that I have not used before. Which of these should I add?

Setting Up Dynamic DNS

Next step is to set up DDNS for and . On my net the wild side IP address of Jacinth is not fixed (is aleatory), and when my ISP changes it, I need to update the A record for this host and its alias, which is what dynamic DNS is for. In my case the IPv6 address is fixed, but dynamic DNS could be used for IPv6 also. A search on Google produces: Getting Started with Dynamic DNS