Superfluous name server listed at parent

Posted on 2012-08-28
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
I am looking to resell web hosting and I want to create custom name servers as a central point for all customers to point their domains to regardless of what server their website ends up being hosted on. To try and do this in the most efficient manor, I have 3 components: My domain registrar, a separate DNS server (third-party hosted), and my resell web servers (could be spread across multiple vendors).

This is the setup I have currently:

Domain Registrar - Registered custom name servers:
- points to the IP of the primary NS at my DNS server
- points to the IP of the secondary NS at my DNS server

Third-Party DNS Server:
- Here I create a zone for each domain that will host a website on one of my resell servers. Say I create an account for on web server #1 that has the name servers and I go into the zone for on the DNS server and set the NS records to and

Using this setup, if the owner of sets their NS records at their registrar to and, my goal is to have it flow to ultimately point them at their web server (and never requiring them to set their NS to the actual NS of the web server).

Currently with this setup, if I do a DNS check at I am getting this error:

Superfluous name server listed at parent:
Superfluous name server listed at parent:
Total parent/child glue mismatch.

Can you please tell me where I went wrong and how I can set this up in the most robust and efficient manor?
Question by:MDauphinais1
    LVL 22

    Accepted Solution

    The zone records for NS should match the registrar records.  If they do not you will get these types of errors.

    Whatever the end user enters with their registrar ( should have corresponding NS and A records in the zone file are your end.

    Author Closing Comment

    Ahh, that did the trick. Adding the NS entry for the domain on the DNS server pointing back to my custom NS fixed the error. I thought that would cause a loop or something but I guess not,


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