Setting Up DNS

While WebsitePanel allows you to manage DNS for each domain hosted on your server, you’ll still need to set up your primary and secondary name servers within Windows DNS (this article assumes, of course, that you are going to use Windows DNS on the box, and not a third-party DNS service, etc.).

Ingredients

  • 2 IP Addresses
  • 1 Domain Name
  • 2 Name Servers
  • 6 oz cooking wine
1. Click the Windows Start button then navigate to Administrative Tools > DNS. Step 1
2. When DNS Manager appears, you’ll see your server’s name on the left window pane. Click the node next to your server name to expand the options. Step 2
3. Then click on “Forward Lookup Zones.” Step 3
4. Click on the “Action” menu, then select “New Zone.” Step 4
5. The “New Zone Wizard” will appear. Click “Next.” Step 5
6. Select “Primary zone,” then click “Next.” Step 6
7. For Zone name, enter your domain name. Then click “Next.” Step 7
8. Select “Create a new file with this file name,” then click “Next.” Step 8
9. Unless you are familiar with Dynamic Updates, you’ll want to select “Do not allow dynamic updates”; then click “Next.” Step 9
10. On the completion page, click “Finish.” Step 10
11. You will now see your domain listed on the main window pane. Double-click your domain. Step 11
12. Next, on a blank area on the main window pane, right-click your mouse, then select “New Host (A or AAAA)…” Step 12
13. On the “New Host” dialog box, enter “ns1” for the “Name” field. On the IP address field, enter in the IP address you want to use for the primary name server, then click “Add Host.” Step 13
14. You’ll get a confirmation box letting you know that the host record was successfully created. Click “OK.” Step 14
15. For your next host record, enter in “ns2” for the Name field. For IP address, enter in the IP address you want to use for the secondary name server, then click “Add Host.” Step 15
16. Again, you’ll be prompted with a confirmation box. Click “OK” Step 16 You are now done with the “New Host” dialog box. Click “Done.” Step 16
17. Double click on the Start of Authority (SOA) record. Step 17
18. For the “Primary server” field, enter the primary name server that you created on step 13, above. For example: “ns1.developernirvana.com” (without quotations). Then click “Apply.” Step 18
19. Next, click the “Name Servers” tab. Step 19
20. Select the existing name listed in the “Name servers” box, then click “Remove.” Step 20
21. Then, click “Add…” Step 21
22. On the “FQDN” field, enter your domain name with “ns1.“ as the prefix. So, if your domain is developernirvana.com, you would enter ns1.developernirvna.com. Then click “Resolve.” Step 22 Then click “OK.” Step 22
23. Click “Add…” again to add another FQDN. Step 23
24. Enter your domain name with “ns2.“ as the prefix, then click “Resolve.” Step 24 Click “OK.” Step 24
25. You’re now finished with setting up your name servers.
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