Gandi’s Secondary Nameserver

If you have your own primary nameserver, but you need a secondary DNS, Gandi can provide this service to you, with no extra charge if the domain is registered with us.

Gandi’s secondary DNS is Its IP is

Our secondary nameserver can be useful if you only have one nameserver, but need another, and don’t have the resources or time to set up your own.

How to add

On the Nameserver page in your domain’s admin, enter the following in one of the blank fields:

How it works copies the zone file from the primary DNS whenever it detects that a change has been made in the primary DNS. Therefore, you must first have the possibility of including in the zone, as it will be requesting zone transfers from the primary nameserver.

In order for this to work and to use our secondary server:

  • the administrator of the primary nameserver must authorize the AxFr requests from

  • the administrator of the primary nameserver must increment the serial number of the SOA.


    We try to resolve the name of the name of the first nameserver of the domain listed on Gandi’s interface. If it’s a glue record, then we don’t try to resolve it, but rather, we get it’s IP address from our database instead.

To find the serial number type the command:

dig SOA

And you will see a line like this:

;; ANSWER SECTION: 604800 IN SOA 2007110919 86400 21600 604800 60

In this line, the SOA is :“2007110919”, which can be compared to the primary nameserver:

dig SOA

For extensions like .de that perform a zonecheck, you will not be able to use our secondary nameserver if you have not correctly authorized the zone transfer to it as described above. Also, due to the provisioning delay, please allow for at least 30 minutes to an hour for the operation to be attempted before checking on your interface to see if it was updated (and therefore, accepted by the registry)