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Use cpanel servers as nameserver for other accounts?

Discussion in 'Bind / DNS / Nameserver Issues' started by kjg, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. kjg

    kjg Well-Known Member

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    We have today 2 old servers with old software that we are using as primary and secondary nameservers for all accounts. Both for accounts on the cpanel servers we have and accounts on other servers we have.

    Now we are planning to change this and are evaluating
    * buying external dns service,
    * setting up new servers
    * or - if possible - use cpanel server for this.

    We have approx 3000 active dns records. All our accounts use the same name servers regardless if they are on cpanel servers or other servers.

    So my questions are:
    1) Is it possible to use 2 existing cpanel servers as primary and secondary for this (we have some servers with very little load that can be used if it is not a stupid thing to mix accounts and nameserver on same server). We would then use standard API to set up and change dns records.

    2) What are the benefits of installing "dns only" and is that a solutin we could use? We would then need two dedicated servers as I understand it, but the Clustering part, I don't really see how it would work and what the benefits would be for us when we have 50% of accounts on servers that are not cpanel?

    Any input would be appreciated
     
  2. PlatinumServerM

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    You can use your existing servers or get a dns only server, either way you can use the dns cluster function. You don't need to make any separate api, cpanel has this function all built in.

    The dns only server is a good idea if you want to alleviate the dns load from the main servers. If you have so many zones, that may be the better way to go.
     
  3. kjg

    kjg Well-Known Member

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    Hi platinumserver and thank you for the reply.

    Since we are using your services for a number of the servers (and we will add more as we convert them to cpanel :) I guess we are on safe ground should we choose to use a couple of the cpanel servers as nameservers

    Regarding the API, I was referring to the standard cpanel api.

    Sounds as it can be a good idea. Still not sure about what we would benefit on using the cluster function. 3000 domains with reasonably long ttl doesnt generate too much traffic as far as I can see.
     
  4. cPanelDavidG

    cPanelDavidG Technical Product Specialist

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    What you could do is use one server for cPanel/WHM hosting and for adding/removing custom DNS records then use cPanel DNS Only on the second nameserver to just sync the records among the 2 servers.
     
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