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What is a nameserver?
Posted by admin on 11 September 2009 09:37 PM
A nameserver is the program that actually does the work of looking up names. There are three main types of nameserver. A CACHING-ONLY nameserver does look-ups of names, but controls no name records itself. A PRIMARY nameserver not only does lookups of names, but also owns the records for a domain. A SECONDARY nameserver does name lookups, and it also backs up a primary nameserver by providing authoritative answers for a certain domain. Many nameservers will combine Primary and Secondary functionality for different domains.
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