DNS Agent is suitable for use in a machine with a dynamically assigned IP address. Whenever the IP address changes, DNS Agent will update the DNS Server that is managing that machine's domain-name to IP-address mapping, thereby keeping that machine's domain name in sync with its IP address at all times.
DNS Agent is able to update three kinds of DNS Servers — BIND name servers set up by DNS Enabler, or dyndns.com and easydns.com servers.
You need to be an admin-level user to use DNS Agent. Also, the machine it is running on must already have a domain name managed by some DNS Server.
After logging in, depending on whether the DNS Server is managed by DNS Enabler, or one managed by dyndns.com or easydns.com, go to the relevant DNS Agent tab panel.
DNS Server Managed by DNS Enabler
Note : The DNS Server must be running DNS Enabler for Big Sur, in order to have the dynamic DNS update capability. DNS Enabler can be made to generate an Authorisation Key for DNS Agent to use so that it can identify itself to the server as a valid client.
DNS Agent can monitor the machine's IP address as seen on its Network Preferences Panel in System Preferences, or poll checkip.dyndns.com for its public IP address if the machine is behind a router.
The picture below shows DNS Agent with the Network Preferences option selected.
Obtain an Authorisation Update Key from DNS Enabler, copy it to this machine, and double-click on it.
Read the DNS Enabler documentation, for information on how to obtain the Authorisation Key from the DNS Enabler app on the server and copy it to this client machine.
Or click on the "Set Up Update Keys" button, above, and the following dialog appears and you can drag the Authorisation Key to the Key Well in the dialog box. Either way, you should be able to see this :
Click the Save button and you can now select the "Update Server" check box, below, enter the domain name of the DNS Server, enter the host name of the machine DNS Agent is monitoring, and click the Start button (which will then change its label to Restart to show that DNS Agent monitoring daemon is launched and running).
The image below shows DNS Agent monitoring the IP address using the other option (checkip.dyndns.com), instead of Network Preferences. When the machine that DNS Agent is monitoring is behind a router, its external public IP address is the more important address that other machines on the Internet will use to find your machine.
From now on, whenever the IP address of this machine changes, DNS Agent will update the DNS Server automatically about the change.
The DNS Agent daemon continues to run across system shutdowns and reboots. You don't need to have the DNS Agent interface open except to change its settings. Option-click on the Restart button if you need to stop the monitoring daemon and prevent it from starting up across system reboots.
DNS Server Managed by dyndns.com
Updating a dyndns.com server is very simple. Select the dyndns.com tab panel. If your machine is behind a router, you would probably need to update dyndns.com with the machine's public IP address, which you can obtain by setting DNS Agent to poll “checkip.dyndns.com" periodically.
The following picture shows how you set things up, assuming you have an account with dyndns.com :
Clicking on the "Set Up Update Keys" button on the dyndns.com tab panel will open the following dialog for you to enter a dyndns.com member ID and password:
Once this key to dyndns.com has been entered, you can go back to the main dyndns.com tab panel to enter the host name (or names) for which this machine is known (to dyndns.com).
Click the Start button to launch DNS Agent's monitoring agent. Whenever the machine's public IP address changes, dyndns.com's DNS Server will be updated.
The daemon continues to run across system shutdowns and reboots. You don't need to have the DNS Agent interface open except to change its settings. Option-click on the Restart button if you need to stop the monitoring daemon and prevent it from starting up across system reboots.
The frequency with which DNS Agent polls checkip.dyndns.com for your machine's public IP address is 3 minutes (180 seconds). This can be changed via DNS Agent's Preferences.
DNS Agent Log
The DNS Agent Log can be accessed via the Help menu. It will record the times when DNS Agent detected that the IP address has changed and whether it was successful in updating the DNS Server.
De-Installing DNS Agent
You can de-install DNS Agent by using the last menu item in the Help menu. It will shut down the DNS Agent daemon, if it is running, and remove all files installed by DNS Agent (in /usr/local/cutedge/dnsagent).
11.0 November 12th 2020. DNS Agent for Big Sur released.
11.0.1 November 19th 2020. Updated to handle Big Sur point update numbers.
11.0.2 November 21st 2020. Updated to work in Dark Mode.
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DNS Agent for Big Sur
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