How to transfer a domains DNS record to a different DO account

  • Posted April 8, 2015
  • DNS

I transferred a snapshot from account A to account B and created a droplet from it in account B. That droplet is now hosting a domain in B which was previously hosted in A. But all of the domain’s DNS records are still accessed from A even though A is no longer hosting that domain. How can I transfer the domain’s DNS records from A to B?


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I create my own solution: Please, backup zones first!

Answering my own question… I temporarily moved the domain’s name servers to Dreamhost (which happens to be the domain’s registrar). Then I deleted the domain from DO account A, which enabled me to create the domain under DO account B and add the relevant records. Then I swung the domain’s name servers back to DO.

Hello, @mike426137

A similar question was previously asked in our community which you can check here:

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

I did wait a few hours for the world to discover that the NS had changed from DO to Dreamhost. But then, I deleted the domain from DO account A, and I was immediately able to create it on account B. So I think the transition was transparent to the end users.

That’s not what I meant. I have manually updated all of the records as needed - but I had to do it from the account (account A) which no longer has any droplets hosting the domain. In the future, when DNS updates are needed for the domain, I want to be able to make those changes from account B - which now has a droplet hosting the domain.

I dont think you can do that…

DNS record needs to be manually updated at your domain’s end and in DO panel as well since, as far as I know, when you transfer a snapshot, it only carries data but leaves out the IP address.

So you need to redirect those settings and update the DNS records as per the new IP address…