ISPConfig — Setup DNS Zone

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Posted on November 21, 2017 by admin under ISPConfig
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Here is an example of setting up a DNS zone using the ISPConfig3 interface.

We will have a single zone named of course, quantumleaps.com. This zone will have the following A records.

  • mail
  • ns1
  • ns2
  • quantumleaps.com. (a domain entry for default purposes)
  • www (Not strictly needed, but i like to have them just cause.

We will then setup an MX record and two NS records.

  1. Logon to your ipsconfig3 interface.
  2. Select the DNS tab.
  3. Select the Add new DNS Zone manually button
  4. Select the Client from the dropdown.
  5. In the Zone (SOA) field enter quantumleaps.com..
    • Notice the two dots (..) above? one is highlighted as part of the domain. It is required in this instance that we have the dot at the end of the domain name. (Just one dot, ok, don’t take the sentence period.)
  6. In the NS field, enter ns1.quantumleaps.com..
    • Again, notice those two dots.
  7. In the email, enter the administrators email for the domain.
    • And this field too requires the dot at the end of the email address.
  8. Ensure the Active check box is selected.
  9. Ensure the Sign zone (DNSSEC) checkbox is selected.
  10. Select the Save button.

Now that we have created the zone, we need to add some records.

  1. Select the DNS tab.
  2. Select the zone we created above.
  3. Select the Records tab.
  4. Select the A button
  5. Enter mail in the Hostname field.
  6. In the IP Address field, enter the IP to which the name, mail.quantumleaps.com in this case, will resolve. In my case this is a public ip address.
  7. Select the Save button.

Repeat the above for ns1, ns2 and quantumleaps.com. and www. In this case the quantumleaps.com is the only entry that should contain the dot at the end. all other A entries should NOT have the dot at the end.

Now, lets add our MX record.

  1. Select the DNS tab.
  2. Select the zone we created above.
  3. Select the Records tab.
  4. Select the MX button.
  5. In the Hostname field, enter quantumleaps.com..
    • There’s that dot again.
  6. In the Mailserver hostname, enter mail.quantumleaps.com..
    • Oh those dots.
  7. Select the Save button.

Finally, lets add the NS records.

  1. Select the DNS tab.
  2. Select the zone we created above.
  3. Select the Records tab.
  4. Select the NS button.
  5. In the Zone field, enter quantumleaps.com..
  6. In the Nameserver Hostname field, enter ns1.quantumleaps.com..
    • Dots, dots, dots…
  7. Select the Save button.

 

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