Validating a hosted zone before going live

Migrating a large production domain to CloudFlare pretty much requires you to verify the records. Until the authoritative nameservers aren’t changed at the registrar, CloudFlare doesn’t advertise the zone.

Any way around this, other than forcing a client to fully commit to an enterprise plan?

You can query the records at the nameserver(s) assigned directly (e.g. dig example.com at foo.ns.cloudflare.com).

CloudFlare doesn’t advertise the zone :slight_smile: This is wrong.

dig domain.tld. @name.ns.cloudflare.com
;; Received 17 bytes from 108.162.123.45#53(108.162.123.45) in 2 ms

Without knowing the domain can’t say. There are conditions where that might be the case (zone active or pending on another account) but the default condition is that Cloudflare will respond with the assigned nameserver(s) from a zone prior to activation.

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