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PowerDNS-Move Over MyDNS and NSD

Posted by Allura on 22 02 2019.

Introduction
If we talk about some unique and worthy of working features offered by us with cPanel & WHM, this is one such feature which has the ability to run one’s own DNS server . The nameserver features like PowerDNS, MyDNS, BIND, and NSD has been provided formerly. With the release of cPanel & WHM Version 78, we run down the NSD and MyDNS which will not allow you to select the NSD or MyDNS nameservers. Our long vision goal is to eliminate these options from the product in version 88. The available idea is to provide or put in some time and resources to improve the back-end of PowerDNS, making it all the more reliable and powerful for you and your customer’s DNS needs. So let’s just look at the added benefits it provides.PowerDNS
PowerDNS or pdns is an open-source DNS software offering high level performance twinning with very low memory…

Introduction

If we talk about some unique and worthy of working features offered by us with cPanel & WHM, this is one such feature which has the ability to run one’s own DNS server . The nameserver features like PowerDNS, MyDNS, BIND, and NSD has been provided formerly. With the release of cPanel & WHM Version 78, we run down the NSD and MyDNS which will not allow you to select the NSD or MyDNS nameservers. Our long vision goal is to eliminate these options from the product in version 88. The available idea is to provide or put in some time and resources to improve the back-end of PowerDNS, making it all the more reliable and powerful for you and your customer’s DNS needs. So let’s just look at the added benefits it provides.

PowerDNS

PowerDNS or pdns is an open-source DNS software offering high level performance twinning with very low memory requirements. cPanel’s implementation of this reads DNS data from BIND files and stocks DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extension) data in an SQLite database. This makes PowerDNS more suitable with most of cPanel’s DNS management tools. It even allows to make a use of DNSSEC with your domain’s DNS records, adding a slab of security to your domain’s DNS records by using digital signatures and cryptographic keys to validate the DNS responses’ authenticity. These signatures help in protecting clients from attacks like spoofing or a Man in the Middle attack.

Why Move from MyDNS and NSD?

The appropriate answer of this question is that the software for MyDNS is a non-updated version since 2015. Malware infection, compromises, and other issues that could result in a security breach of some sort are the prospects of outdated software. By shortlisting the number of options available to serve DNS within cPanel & WHM, we can dedicate our attention on improving features and testing for the remaining options.

Another aspect of improving PowerDNS is to add MySQL support for the PowerDNS backend. If you desire to take advantage of this feature, navigate to the Feature Request without fail and vote on this use-case, or submit your own.

Ready to Make the Switch?

The entire moving procedure is incredibly easy. All you need to do is Navigate in WHM to the ‘Nameserver Selection’ interface, adjust the server selection to PowerDNS and that is it! Our software will handle the migration for you! In case you have any queries, feedback or any other affairs about PowerDNS or the derogation of MyDNS and NSD or have the need to discuss this topic further, you are warm heartedly greeted to join us on the cPanel Forums, on our official Slack and Discord channels, or the Official cPanel Subreddit.

Conclusion

How and why one should move to PowerDNS is outlined in this article.