Temporarily bypassing DNS by modifying the Windows hosts file

If you have a Windows machine, temporarily adding a line to the hosts file is the easiest way to test a DNS change before actually making it live. This article outlines the steps you can perform to test. The location of the Hosts file can usually be found in %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\ where %systemroot% is usually C:\windows, […]

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Changing name servers at name.com

If your domain registrar is name.com, here are the steps required to change your name servers to Total Uptime’s. First, log into your name.com account. Then from the top navigation menu, select MY ACCOUNT and then MY DOMAINS as shown in the image below: The page you will see next will show you a listing […]

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Changing name servers at Google Domains

If Google Domains is your registrar, here are the steps you need to follow to change your name servers to Total Uptime. First, go to https://domains.google.com and log into your account. Next, click on the DNS link to the right of the domain that you wish to point to our platform as shown in the image […]

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Changing your reverse DNS name servers at ARIN

If you have received a direct IP allocation from ARIN and would like to point them to Total Uptime so you can create zones for managing reverse DNS, these are the steps you need to take in order to complete the process. Log into ARIN online right from their home page at www.arin.net Click on […]

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What’s the difference between a CNAME and a Web Redirect?

In this KB article we’ll address a common question we receive about the difference between a CNAME and a Web Redirect (also referred to as a URL redirect). Both serve entirely unique purposes, so it is important to understand the differences so you know which to use at the right time. First about CNAME records […]

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What should I configure the “Failover After” setting to?

The “failover after” setting (shown below) in the main Failover Pool configuration is the number of our cloud nodes (datacenters) that must see your server as DOWN before actually failing over. All of our datacenters monitor your servers all the time. This setting simply allows you to increase the reliability of the results before action […]

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What DNS Failover Methods do you support?

We support two different DNS Failover methods. Sequential and Round Robin. Sequential Method: This method uses the server IP addresses one by one in the order they are entered. That way, you always have one IP address announced for your ‘A’ record, which is considered a primary server. Should that server go offline, the failover […]

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Quick Start Video: How to use GEO DNS

In this Quick Start Video, we’ll give you a basic overview of GEO DNS and how you can use it to direct visitors to different IP addresses based on their origin geography. Coupled with DNS Failover and Cloud Load Balancing, GEO DNS is an extremely powerful tool as part of Total Uptime Technologies’ complete Cloud-Based […]

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