SOLVED Godaddy DNS Zone file different from WHM Edit DNS Zone

scottyadam

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So just got a new Dedicated Server from Godaddy, yay, and refreshed myself again on setting up the custom nameservers. great.

I'm making modifications under the Godaddy Control Panel Domain Details -> DNS Zone File. As an example I'll use example.com

issue 1:
So, I setup an A record of 'server' pointing to my SERVER IP. Well, I only did that yesterday so maybe it hasn't propagated yet?

issue 2:
SOOO, now i look under the DNS Functions -> Edit DNS Zone in WHM and nothing has changed. by nothing has changed, I mean I don't see the A record that I setup at all. Actually, in fact I changed the nameservers on the Godaddy domain control panel and the NS records in the zone file are still set to the nsX.secureserver.net. - but the domain works! haha this has got me really confused...

where should i be making modifications to the zone file? if I modify it from the godaddy interface or whm interface, what 'sends it off' or makes it live? probably poor terminology here.

Any help or feedback is appreciated!
 

Eminds

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Godaddy's Domain control panel and DNS zone in your WHM server are 2 different things. So there are 2 scenarios

1) When you are making changes in Godaddy's Domain control panel that means you are using Godaddy's name servers ( DNS servers ) . So any changes that you made in there will not be reflected on your WHM server.

2) If you want to use your own name servers , then you will have to create them with their A entry and you will have to register them at godaddy , after which you will be able to make the DNS changes within your WHM in DNS functions.

Right now you seems to be using godaddy's DNS so you will have to make DNS changes within godaddy domain control panel only.

I hope the explanation will help you.
 

scottyadam

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Okay sounds good. Done all of that and things are working.

I presume any changes I make in the godaddy custom domain zone file editor will just be voided and not go anywhere? ( since I have custom namservers painting to my dedicated servers IP)

If I had the nameservers pointed to godaddy ones, would I have to modify the zone file in their control panel or would the whm modify dns zone file work also?

Also, When I changed the nameservers and added the new host names, was it correct of me to then go ahead and modify the zone file for that domain in whm and change the NS records and SOA? It was all pointing to godaddy stuff.

Thanks!
 

cPanelMichael

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I presume any changes I make in the godaddy custom domain zone file editor will just be voided and not go anywhere? ( since I have custom namservers painting to my dedicated servers IP)
Correct.

If I had the nameservers pointed to godaddy ones, would I have to modify the zone file in their control panel or would the whm modify dns zone file work also?
You would need to modify the zone in their control panel. Any DNS changes made on the cPanel server would not apply.

Also, When I changed the nameservers and added the new host names, was it correct of me to then go ahead and modify the zone file for that domain in whm and change the NS records and SOA? It was all pointing to godaddy stuff.
Yes, that was the correct step to take.

Let us know if we can help with any additional questions.

Thanks!