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DNS server as a CNAME?

Discussion in 'Bind/DNS/Nameserver' started by netwood, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. netwood

    netwood Member

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    We have two cPanel DNS servers configured as a cluster ( and
    We also have two "standalone" DNS servers not running cPanel ( and

    We want to retire our standalone DNS servers.

    The issue is that it will be near impossible to get all domain owners to change the DNS server names at the registrar for their domain. At least in the foreseeable future.

    After the domains are added as zones to the cPanel DNS servers, is it possible to point montwood and wilshire to the IP addresses of ns7 and ns8? Will this work even though the domain name is different - and not

    Can we point montwood and wilshire to ns7 and ns8 as a CNAME? I believe DNS doesn't like CNAME's pointing like this but I'm not sure.

    Is it possible for example to make answer inquiries for in either of the above scenarios (IP address or CNAME)?

    Grateful for any insight and help.

    #1 netwood, Aug 30, 2017
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  2. cPanelMichael

    cPanelMichael Technical Support Community Manager
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    Yes, however this is a change you would have to make at the domain registrar of "". You'd simply update the name server IP addresses at the registrar so that those two name servers use the same IP addresses as your name servers in the cluster, and then setup "A" records for and in the DNS zone of "" pointing to the new IP addresses.

    Thank you.
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