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Virtual dedicated server setup

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bprinsloo, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. bprinsloo

    bprinsloo Registered

    Aug 17, 2006
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    I'm not sure what to search for, so I thought I just post this question here and see if someone could point me into the right direction.

    I bought the Virtual dedicated server option at a hosting company with cPanel. Now, could someone with some experience please help me out on the following:-

    1. Hostname ---- Can I use any valid name, or does it needs to be a registered domain name
    2. Nameserver IPs -- I have three IP's associated with this VDS, again, the names to use, should it be valid registered domains?

    In both cases they recommend default names, but it doesn't ping, and I received no help in 12 hours from the helpdesk.

    I know this might be stupid questions, but I have no experience with this setup.
  2. fwwebs

    fwwebs Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2004
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    Hostname: Generally people use a subdomain of a domain registered to them as a server name, however, it cannot be a domain hosted on the same server. For example if you own the domain mydomain.tld, you might name your server myfirstvps.mydomain.tld. All that you need to do then is have an A record for the subdomain added to your domains DNS record.

    Nameservers: Yes, they must be valid registered domain names to work. You might use: ns1.mydomain.tld or ns1.myfirstvps.mydomain.tld and the same for the second: ns2.xxxxx. Lastly, have ns and A records added to your domains DNS record for the nameservers.

    DNS Records: Whoever hosts your domains DNS records should know how to add the records. If you plan to host your own, use a free service like to host your domains DNS records.

    DNS Records (x = IP address):
    domain.tld. 14400 IN A
    myfirstvps.mydomain.tld. 14400 IN A
    ns1 14400 IN A
    ns2 14400 IN A
    mydomain.tld. 14400 IN NS ns1.mydomain.tld.
    mydomain.tld. 14400 IN NS ns2.mydomain.tld.
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