Guides - Transfer Domain Zones

Linode’s DNS Manager is a comprehensive interface within the Linode Cloud Manager that gives you complete oversight of DNS records.

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Linode’s DNS servers allow Domain zone transfers to non-Linode DNS servers that you designate and trust. This feature can be used to transfer a Domain zone to another hosting provider’s DNS servers. To enable this capability, you will need to alter your Domain’s SOA record. This section will cover these steps.

Granting another server access to zone information is potentially dangerous. Do not add any IP addresses that you do not know or trust.
  1. From the Domains section of the Cloud Manager, find the domain for which you would like to enable Domain zone transfer and click on the entry to access its Domain records.

  2. Viewing your Domain’s records, under the SOA Record section, click on the more options ellipsis corresponding to your Domain’s SOA records and select Edit.

  3. In the Edit SOA Record pane, find the Domain Transfer IPs section and enter the IP addresses corresponding to the DNS servers you’d like to give access to your Domain’s zone file. Each field should contain a single IP address and additional fields will appear when the Add an IP link is clicked.

  4. When you’ve completed your update, click on Save.

    When the DNS servers no longer need access to your Domain’s zone file, remove the IP address from the Domain Transfers field.

When performing the AXFR DNS query, point your secondary name server to (or up to instead of To test the AXFR query locally, follow the above instructions to allow your computer’s IP address as one of the Domain Transfer IPs in the SOA Record for your domain. This may take a few minutes before going into effect. Then run the following dig command, replacing with your domain:

dig axfr

The query should output all DNS records on the domain. If a Transfer failed message is received instead, it may be because your computer’s IP address wasn’t added properly within the DNS Manager. Review the settings, wait a few minutes, and then try again.

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