The next major version release of Deerfield.com's popular DNS2Go service is now available! Coincident with this release, Deerfield.com has also launched a retooled online DNS2Go Account Manager
and introduces additional licensing options
The most notable new feature in the service allows users to establish custom DNS and custom MX records
. This oft-demanded feature will benefit customers in several configuration environments. For example, users who wish to host their own email, but outsource website or application hosting for their domain, can establish a custom DNS record to direct all requests for their website or application
to the contracted third party. All email destined for the domain will be directed to the customerís mail server at their own public-facing IP address.
In the reverse situation, where users wish to host their own web or application server but outsource email, creation of a custom MX record will work in the same manner. Use of custom MX records will allow users to redirect email
only to a third party host while continuing to receive all other requests for their domain directly.
Evolving beyond dynamic DNS, DNS2Go 3.0 provides users with complete, flexible control over their domain names
, all via a new web-based, intuitive Administration console.
DNS2Go, by default, includes wild card aliases
that point any type of request made on the Internet for a domain name (web, email, ftp, etc.) to the single location where the DNS2Go client software is installed and registered. The custom records mentioned below are used in addition to these permanent wild card records.
Redirect different requests for your domain name to different IP addresses. For example, if you are hosting your own web server using DNS2Go for dynamic IP resolution but would like FTP requests for your domain name pointed to an offsite location, you may create an A record for your domain (ftp.mydomain.com) to point to a designated IP address (e.g., 126.96.36.199). All other requests for mydomain.com will still point to the wildcard address; only requests for ftp.mydomain.com will be redirected. There is no limit on the amount of A records you can create.
Redirect different requests for your domain name to different host names. For example, if you are hosting your own web server using DNS2Go for dynamic IP resolution but would like purchase requests at your web site redirected to your order processing system provider, you may create a C record Alias for your domain (shop.mydomain.com) to redirect to a designated host name (e.g., orderprocessingpartner.com). All other requests for mydomain.com will still point to the wildcard address; only requests for shop.mydomain.com will be redirected. There is no limit on the amount of C records you can create.
MX records point email requests made on the Internet for your domain name to a specific location where mail will be received. Custom MX records allow you to manually specify where email destined for your domain name will be sent. Primary (e.g., 10) and secondary (e.g., 20 and 30) MX records can be configured independently, allowing you to specify an order of preference, where mail will be sent first for your domain, then alternate locations if the first is not available.
Domain Groups allow users to select multiple domains within their DNS2Go account that will all point to the same location. Whenever any one of these grouped domains is Online using the DNS2Go client software all of the grouped domains will point to this same location, streamlining administration and domain configurations. Multiple Domain Groups allow users to create multiple groupings, pointing separate groups of domains to separate locations via single DNS2Go installations for each group.
The new Account Manager allows DNS2Go users to take complete control over their domain name records, subscriptions, domain lists, web options, email options, domain groups and much more, all from an intuitive web-based interface that can be accessed from anywhere. The new Dashboard displayed upon login provides one click access to the most popular features and options, greatly simplifying Account Manager navigation, and provides users with an at-a-glance view of all of the things they can do with their DNS2Go account. Also included is a Windows-like tree menu that logically presents account and domain options, and makes multiple domain account administration simple.
Important DNS2Go account or domain notices and reminders are sent directly to DNS2Go client software installations, prompting users to login to the Account Manager to read the system message. Users may now display these messages upon login, delete the message after viewing, select multiple system messages and determine an action, and more.