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DNS server as a CNAME?

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

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  1. netwood

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    We have two cPanel DNS servers configured as a cluster (ns7.example.net and ns8.example.net).
    We also have two "standalone" DNS servers not running cPanel (montwood.domain.net and wilshire.domain.net)

    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 - example.net and not domain.net?

    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 ns7.example.net answer inquiries for montwood.domain.net in either of the above scenarios (IP address or CNAME)?

    Grateful for any insight and help.

    jonas
     
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    Hello,

    Yes, however this is a change you would have to make at the domain registrar of "domain.net". 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 montwood.domain.net and wilshire.domain.net in the DNS zone of "domain.net" pointing to the new IP addresses.

    Thank you.
     
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