What are Lame Nameservers?

Lame Nameservers are nameservers that are specified as authoritative within your DNS zone, however, when queried, they do not prove to be authoritative.

This can happen when a nameserver is assigned as authoritative, however, no records for the queried domain have been configured for that particular nameserver, thus it will not provide any records when queried, rendering it ‘lame’.

What are Nameservers?

Nameservers are responsible for translating human-readable domain names (such as massivedns.com) into an IP address.

Nameservers are similar to address books, a person looks up the address (domain name) and the address book (nameserver) provides the location (IP address).

Each domain name must have a nameserver assigned in order for resolution to occur.