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How to use the NameServer Interface?

Posted by Allura on 23 09 2019.

Overview
Using this interface, you will be able to select the nameserver software of your server. You can also use this to deactivate DNS services.What is a nameserver?
The function of Nameservers is to match the IP addresses to domain names. If an attempt is made by a visitor to locate a website hosted by your server, their computer will request a nameserver for the IP address of the domain that they intend to access. The IP address for the webserver will be returned by the nameserver which will direct the visitor to the appropriate page.Records for your domain names must be published to nameservers so that the websites can be reached by your visitors. A communication takes place between these nameservers and the others so that the records of sites hosted by your server can be distributed. The total amount of time taken by a domain names’ DNS records to spread…

Overview

Using this interface, you will be able to select the nameserver software of your server. You can also use this to deactivate DNS services.

What is a nameserver?

The function of Nameservers is to match the IP addresses to domain names. If an attempt is made by a visitor to locate a website hosted by your server, their computer will request a nameserver for the IP address of the domain that they intend to access. The IP address for the webserver will be returned by the nameserver which will direct the visitor to the appropriate page.

Records for your domain names must be published to nameservers so that the websites can be reached by your visitors. A communication takes place between these nameservers and the others so that the records of sites hosted by your server can be distributed. The total amount of time taken by a domain names’ DNS records to spread over the internet is known as the propagation period.

This is what happens when a user tries to visit your website. Let us consider the website to be www.example.com:

  1. The user types in www.example.com into the browser.
  2. The nameservers for the website are located by the browser using DNS.
  3. The browser retrieves the nameservers ns1.yourhostdomain.com and ns2.yourhostdomain.com.
  4. The nameservers are used by the browser to locate IP addresses for the website.
  5. A response is provided to the browser in the fashion “22.231.113.64”
  6. A request is sent to “22.231.113.64” by the browser which includes the specific page the visitor is trying to reach.
  7. The web server that is hosting the website will provide the requested page to the browser.

Important:

It is recommended that you do not activate the nameservers if you do not plan to use them.

Note:

It may take up to one week for a website’s record to propagate.

Select or disable the nameserver

Perform the following steps to select the nameserver software for your server:

  1. Choose one of the following: BIND, NSD, MyDNS or PowerDNS.
  • Select the Disabled option if you want to disable the nameserver software of your server.
  1. Click on the Save option.

Note:

It is a requirement of MyDNS that external nameserver IP addresses are added to the resolv.conf file.

Conclusion

Using the steps in this document you will be able to configure the nameserver software for your server.