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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2002

    DNS Overview - some basic questions

    Hey all,

    I'm running into some conceptual problems with DNS servers and whatnot on a new dedicated I have.

    previously, I ran a dedicated server with a provider who had their own DNS servers.

    When I registered a new domain name, I set the DNS to my host's DNS and emailed them to point to my my server/ip. On my server, I could nslookup and whatever and it would resolve from my host's DNS's, I guess as it's DNS server lookup.

    So, I've moved to a new provider... and they asked me for a server name ( and DNS information.

    I gave them the name ( and the DNS servers that were assigned for that domain (, I got the server setup...

    Now, I don't plan on using BIND and doing my own DNS... as I don't really see the major benefit... in that I can configure DNS (NAME A, MX) things at and and I figured it would just be an unncessary service running on the box.

    The problem is that I think I might have a problem with terms. What happened is that I got my new box... and now I can't resolve domains from the commandline and in scripts.

    In my Server setup:

    Primary Nameserver:
    Secondary Nameserver:

    In the terminal:

    bash-2.05a$ nslookup
    Note: nslookup is deprecated and may be removed from future releases.
    Consider using the `dig' or `host' programs instead. Run nslookup with
    the `-sil[ent]' option to prevent this message from appearing.

    Non-authoritative answer:
    *** Can't find No answer

    Now, I just jotted off an email to my provider to get assistance... but I thought I wanted some to walk me through conceptually what I'm missing. Talk to me like I'm a 3 yr old, so to speak...

    Note, this is a CPanel/Redhat machine


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Beautiful suburb of Chicago
    What do you have in your /etc/resolv.conf file?

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Originally posted by tilted
    What do you have in your /etc/resolv.conf file?

    er... yeah - that's apparently was the problem. My host fixed it quickly. I guess unrelated to the DNS settings I was talking about above? Perhaps contributing to my confusion.


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