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Took my best shot, DNS Setup Advice Please!

Discussion in 'Bind / DNS / Nameserver Issues' started by autom8r, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. autom8r

    autom8r Registered

    Feb 20, 2010
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    Hello all,
    Yesterday I purchased my first dedicated WHM/cPanel server and I love it! Worth every penny as a rookie like me can do a lot of admin functions with minimal hassle.

    I've been reading for the last 6 hours on how to setup my own nameservers, register these with my registrar and setup the correct DNS zones. I believe I have done it correctly to the best of my abilities, but of course, due to the 24-48 hour wait time after updating my registrar, I'm not sure if I made mistakes or am simply impatient. Please comment on my setup below, I may have missed a critical step, this is my first time setting any DNS redirection:

    For this example my domain is (not real) and I have 2 free IP addresses assigned to my account for name servers already.

    Step 1. Go into WHM's "Basic cPanel/WHM Setup", scroll to the nameservers section at the bottom and change NS #1 -> and NS #2 -> Save this setup.

    Step 2. Go into WHM's "Change Hostname" and replace the cryptic server name from to something simple like "", add an A record for the new hostname.

    Step 3. Go back into WHM's "Basic cPanel/WHM Setup", down to nameservers and click the "Assign IP" and then "Create A Record" for both and

    Step 4. Create account for using WHM's "Create a New Account", setup account for using the nameservers and

    At this point, the DNS Zones are created and looking over them they look flawless. There is A entries for both nameserver's IP addresses, A entry for the domain's IP address, 2 NS entries for both and, localhost entry and the regular mail, www, ftp, etc. entries.

    Step 5. Login to and register both and (using their related IP's) as Hosts.

    Step 6. Within GoDaddy Domain Manager assign the nameservers and to the domain.

    Now I wait, and I'm still waiting, I'm not sure if I've configured it properly or made a mistake. Could anyone help me understand steps I could take to debug each piece of the puzzle? I know there are about 3 :(

    I really appreciate it!
  2. Infopro

    Infopro cPanel Sr. Product Evangelist
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    Welcome to the party, cPanel rocks. :)

    I think I'd have done 5 & 6 first, but no matter looks like you covered all the right bases I think.

    Check your domain(s) here for any issues:
    intoDNS: checks DNS and mail servers health

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