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What are the required steps (i.e. purchase of a domain, etc.) to get a DNS domain (i.e. foobar.com) to point to any static and public IP (i.e. 100.101.102.103)?

If I hosted a DNS server myself (at the IP 100.101.102.103), would anyone else actually be able to connect to my server, given that no other DNS server would know about me.

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Are you asking for the steps on how to point your new domain name to an IP or the entire process of purchase? –  Matthew Williams Feb 17 at 8:51
    
Yes, as I have no clue how that works (both on the user- and the technical side) –  MechMK1 Feb 17 at 8:52
    
Have you selected a domain name provider? Most answers will be determined by people's preference for this so would be useful if you had one in mind. –  Matthew Williams Feb 17 at 8:53
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Variant 1: "Order a server with domain" -> Everything is set up by the ISP. Variant 2: "Order a domain with IP service" (usually costs extra): You do it with the web service there. ... Variant infinity: Buy some servers, setup DNS on them, have them running, register them as DNS for domains. Variant infinity+1: Create a fab which produces chips .. grave some computers out of them. To to ripe.net and become AS. etc. pp. –  Tino Feb 17 at 9:02
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@jpaugh Wouldn't all the documentation my boss gives me be in japanese...but that's another story to be told ;) –  MechMK1 Feb 17 at 9:14

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Lots of registrar's allow you to change the DNS records.

So, regardless of who you register with, log on to their site (the registrar's site) and you should get to their control panel, where you can edit the DNS settings.

Within the DNS settings, there are many options, such as A records, MX records etc.

You need to edit the A record and simply enter the IP address you want it to get to.

You also mention what happens if you host the DNS yourself. Well I've done this (due to the registrar having certain faults). I logged onto to the registrar website and simply changed the NS records (which they also referred to as Glue records). Pointing them to my own server (in the same way as pointing the A record) was all that was needed. Since I had already set up the DNS records on my own server, it just worked!

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In the case of my setup I use GoDaddy for my domain purchases. Once you have created an account and purchased a domain you go onto:

Hi [Your Name] > Manage Account > Domains > Launch > DNS Zone File

Point the A (Host) at whatever IP you would like and wait for them to process it. Should be done in around 24 hours. Since I don't need anything else I don't change any other information except for a forwarding rule under the Settings tab.

I suspect this is about as simple as you can get.

EDIT: Based on your comments I gather you aren't trying to set up a domain name server (DNS) and instead wish to point a domain at an IP. A DNS provides a very specific thing in the process of the web in the same way a WINS server provides a process to NetBIOS in a Windows network. See here for an overview of DNS.

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