Import DNS Zones When AXFR Is Unavailable?

Is AXFR the only way to import existing DNS zones? I've looked around the Linode Manager and the only import option I can find is for AXFR transfers.

I'd like to move some of my DNS hosting over to Linode, now that I don't have to wait 15 minutes after each update. But AWS Route 53 doesn't seem to support AXFR. I was able to use an AWS API tool to download my domain in Bind format, but I don't see any way to import that into Linode.

Several of my domains have >50 records, so I'd prefer not to enter everything manually.

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Correct - there's no way to provide us a zone config file and import it.

I know it's a bit of work, but you could fairly easily set up named, add your zones, allow axfr to us, and import each one that way either via the Cloud Manager or the API[1].

I'm unaware of any 3rd party script (that isn't old/bitrotted) that would do what you need directly.

Hope that helps,

[1] -

I thought I might need to do that. I now have bind9 running on my Linode instance and I can do an AXFR from my home computer, using that server.

dig axfr

But when I specify that IP as the remote name server, along with that domain, the Cloud Manager is only telling me "Unable to import domain at this time. Please try again later."

I'm not seeing any entries in my logs that the Cloud Manager is even attempting the transfer. Is it still true that the authoritative nameserver needs to allow AXFR, in order for DNS zone files to be imported?


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