Following up on yesterday’s post about what motivated me to host my own DNS, I’ll do my best herein to detail how I pulled this off. This is written for Debian Wheezy because I haven’t finalized an upgrade plan for Jessie yet; with Wheezy LTS extending support to 2018, I hope some find this useful.
Fear was both a reason for and against hosting my own nameservers. The idea began when I grew uncomfortable with my registrar also hosting my DNS. I feared the single point of failure that my account credentials represented, and the risk of losing control of both my domains and DNS–and by extension, email–that that scenario posed. I’d also tired of the ever-increasing cost of Amazon’s Route 53 service, which while reliable and a remedy for my first concern, was also quite excessive for my needs.
Over the past three years, I’ve spent more time than I care to admit on a single project. It started off innocently. Since then it’s grown to occupy a significant place in my daily thoughts.
As you read this, you’re experiencing the product of these efforts. Perhaps you clicked on an eth.pw short URL to get here. If not, your browser still had to figure out how to get to ethitter.com. Now that you’re here, maybe you need to contact me via email. To make any of these endeavors possible, I’ve built a personal “network” of servers and had endless fun doing so.
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