What is rDNS?

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Mar 28, 2019


DNS / rDNS 5

rDNS is Reverse DNS.

rDNS operates in the exact opposite direction of DNS, it converts IP addresses into domains.

What do we need rDNS for?

One great use of rDNS is for e-mail servers. Example:

  • Your e-mail server mail.yourdomain.com contacts mydomain.com’s mail server.
  • mydomain.com resolves mail.yourdomain.com into, in order to send information back to the server.
  • However, mydomain.com has security measures.. It wants to make sure really is mail.yourdomain.com, so it performs a rDNS lookup.
  • turns out to resolve to mail.yourdomain.com, so it sends it's data.

How do I modify rDNS records for my IP(s)?

The control panel enables the customer to modify rDNS entries directly to their IP address(s), via http://one.limestonenetworks.com/dns/reversedns.html.