Mar 192018

You have an old DNS server:

You have a new DNS server:

You have a domain,, for which you want to swap the old DNS server with the new DNS using nsupdate.

NOTE: the domain is

The NS servers are in (different domains).

These are the commands you issue:

update delete      IN NS
update add 3600 IN NS

Of note, you mention the domain first, the NS server second.

This took me a while to figure out tonight.

You will also want to update the records with your domain registrar.

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  3 Responses to “Using nsupdate to change NS servers”

  1. Congratulations on being the #1 google result for “nsupdate NS record”. Thought I recognized this name from somewhere. Oh, right, it’s from when I googled “nsupdate SOA record” and your gist was the #2 result.

    Crazy that they have such comprehensive docs but the section on nsupdate is just the manpage verbatim with no examples for SOA and NS records.