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Totally confused on DNS workflow

I've been using cPanel (Apache) for ages and now moving to CyberPanel/OLS for speed & cost. After learning them and struggling a couple of days with my Joomla! .htaccess etc I could get it up and running on a VPS and started to move my websites. When I hit some walls I had to take a look to DNS records and got confused. I admit I never understood DNS stuff completely, but the behavior on CyberPanel is a lot different than cPanel. I need some clarifications on the workflow.

Say:
1) My server is myserver.mydomain.net on IP 123.123.123.123 , I have CyberPanel & OLS up and running.
2) Config Default Nameservers => ns1.mydomain.net & ns2.mydomain.net pointing to 123.123.123.123
3) On the VPS's ISP I defined rDNS to point to this server and defined ns1.mydomain.net & ns2.mydomain.net as nameservers for the main domain.

So far so good. Next I started to create one "reseller", created the "website" (say domain1.com) and started to move the domain by pointing to ns1.mydomain.net & ns2.mydomain.net.

Now, whenever I look at the DNS records I see the following:

A mail.mail.domain1.com 3600 123.123.123.123
CNAME www.mail.domain1.com 3600 mail.domain1.com 0
MX domain1.com 3600 mail.domain1.com 10
MX mail.domain1.com 3600 mail.mail.domain1.com 10

NS domain1.com 3600 ns1.domain1.com 0
NS domain1.com 3600 ns2.domain1.com 0

SOA domain1.com 3600 ns1.domain1.com hostmaster.domain1.com 1 10800 3600 604800 3600 0

So:

1) what is mail.mail ?

2) NS records point to non-existent name servers. I would expect ns1.mydomain.net & ns2.mydomain.net at their place.
Similarly SOA record also point to non-existent name server (and mail)

This is different from cPanel and I would expect the following:

Registrar/ISP - rDNS & DNS to point to my server
My server runs a DNS Server
Every domain on the server uses the same DNS server.

So, with the above defaults do I have to create ns1/ns2.domain.tld for each domain?

3) I tried to delete-change NS and SOA records and replace the defaults with ns1/ns2.mydomain.net versions, now I lost external access to the website.

I read lots of documentation and forum posts to no avail.
I also read that there are no DNS templates.

Before these changes (and without domain1.com nameservers) the website was working (I wonder how). But:
* I had problems with mail server SSL (may be not related)
* MXToolbox and other online tools were showing DNS related errors (as expected from above definitions)

Please advise how to correctly set it up...

Comments

  • It is getting more interesting with Alias Domains...

    So, say I have a main domain mydomain.com and have aliases mydomain.net & mydomain.org which I want to redirect to mydomain.com using .htaccess - a usual practice...

    When you create an alias, DNS records are created (found them in phpMyAdmin "cyberpanel" database "records" table), but you can not access them through DNS => Add/Delete Records menu item. 11 + 11 = 22 additional records are created including _dmarc, _domainkey. BUT also NS and SOA records pointing to non-existing / non-directly-editable stuff.

    I could manage this:
    * On Registrars panel, create ns1.mydomain.com & ns2.mydomain.com and also set domain to look at these servers.
    * On CyberPanel, use DNS => Create Nameserver to create ns1.mydomain.com & ns2.mydomain.com
    Only after this I could get acceptable results in e.g. https://intodns.com/ ...

    And now should I do the same for all domains and their aliases?

    Am I doing something wrong here? Is this how it is supposed to work?
  • LOL Levent :smiley:
    Although I continue to struggle with some issues such as backup scheduling, statistics, intermittent core dumps etc, I managed to get a rather stable / optimized server (I think) after a month or so on CentOS 7...
    Performance is good...
  • edited September 10
    [Quote] I could manage this:
    * On Registrars panel, create ns1.mydomain.com & ns2.mydomain.com and also set domain to look at these servers.
    * On CyberPanel, use DNS => Create Nameserver to create ns1.mydomain.com & ns2.mydomain.com
    Only after this I could get acceptable results in e.g. https://intodns.com/ ... [/Quote]

    You also need to create A records for your nameservers.

    ns1 ----------> 3600 123.123.123.123

    ns2 -----------> 3600 123.123.123.123

    The IP's should be the same as the IP (glue) at the registrar
  • Type your comment> @Levent said:
    > You both should be happy with what you have in hand
    > I don't have a DNS menu on the panel on a CentOS 8 server :)

    Umm nonsense...the panel works fine on centos 8
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  • Type your comment> @bozden said:
    > LOL Levent :smiley:
    > Although I continue to struggle with some issues such as backup scheduling, statistics, intermittent core dumps etc, I managed to get a rather stable / optimized server (I think) after a month or so on CentOS 7...
    > Performance is good...

    What type of statistics are you looking to report on?
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