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Newbie needs some adice

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by bjsteiger, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. bjsteiger

    bjsteiger Guest

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    Hello Plesk Community,

    Here's the situation -- My clients are demanding certain features my current host doesn't provide so I have felt pushed to get into root level hosting and it came with Plesk.

    I have read through all of the manuals and I honestly can say I just don't know where to start?

    I have heard about the following but I am not sure what to do:

    1) Name Servers -- What do I do with this, any recommendations? And where do I go to set this up

    2) Domains -- I know that domains need to be pointed to name servers but I don't know what to do first in relation to the name servers.

    3) Emails -- Once the domains and emails are setup how do I know what the MX records are

    Any advice on how to just get started would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much!
    Brandon
     
  2. bcscomp

    bcscomp Guest

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    Sure i'll have a stab at it.....
    Preamble:
    First off i have used Plesk for almost a year, and i have found it to be superior to anything else i've ever tried to use, i'm certain once you get used to it you'll love it too.
    the answers i'm going to give you will in no way give you everything you need to click and go, but they should point you in the right direction. if i'm off a bit on something, i appologise in advance, and i'm certain some of the "gurus" here in the forum will correct it for you
    Q&A:

    1) Name Servers -- What do I do with this, any recommendations? And where do I go to set this up

    for the most part you'll do nothing with this, except for adding entries later if needed.
    this is a two part deal, one part has to do with your server, and the other has to do with domain registration, i'll start with the domain registration part first.
    Whenever someone registers a domain, in the information they are ask to select the DNS servers that will handle the DNS for that domain... your customers will need to tell the registrar this info.
    whenever you create a client in the plesk control panel and then tell your system to create a domain named duh.com that belongs to that client, plesk will create the dns records for that domain, and assign permissions/ect based on your input.

    2) Domains -- I know that domains need to be pointed to name servers but I don't know what to do first in relation to the name servers.
    See the first answer :)

    3) Emails -- Once the domains and emails are setup how do I know what the MX records are

    they will be created when the domain is created, during the domain's DNS records creation.

    So to make a long story short,
    1. Create your client
    name/pass/info/ect
    2. create a domain in Plesk based on what the client says his/her domain name is IE. duh.com and make sure it's assigned to that client.

    3. sit back and let plesk create everything needed for that domain

    just a suggestion: setup your own domain IE. myhostingbox.com (or whatever your domain's name is) then make sure that everything for your account is working properly, and create your own NS entries like ns1 and ns2.myhostingbox.com then tell your customers to use those names as the dns servers in thier registrar's management panel for thier domain. This should work just fine when you're using shared IP hosting.
    hmmm? i think i said that right.....

    Best thing about Plesk is it's mostly point/click/fillin info/click apply.

    oh yeah read the manual again...and lookup the terms you aren't familiar with and get the deffinitions so when you're reading it makes more sense.

    HTH
    Bill
     
  3. bjsteiger

    bjsteiger Guest

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    Name Server Follow Up

    Thank you so much for your response. However the part I guess I am not understanding is what is the process for setting up a name server? Secondly, how do you tell Plesk what your name server is so that when you have new domains they all register this domain.

    It seems like there has to be a way for Plesk to know what your name servers are?

    Sorry for sounding so confusing

    bjs

    PS -- Thanks for the advise on reading the manual. I have read the manual three times now and each time it makes much more sense.
     
  4. jamesyeeoc

    jamesyeeoc Guest

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    Re: Name Server Follow Up

    Welcome to the world of Plesk and Hosting administration!
    Some additional information:

    IP Addresses: xx.yy.zz.nn/32, the /32 means just this single address. Other values such as /8, /16, /24 specify larger blocks of IP addresses. That is a whole class on IP subnets.... :)

    Name Servers: My examples show 3 name servers, but you don't have to have 3. You can possibly get away with 1, it is recommended that you have at least 2 but not more than 8 name servers. There are different schools of thought as to using 2 name servers for a single server which is both the name server and the hosting server. If the server goes down, and it has both NS1 and NS2 on it, then all is down anyways. If you have a separate NS2 on a different server somewhere and the hosting server/NS1 goes down, then all is down anyways and the NS2 doesn't do much good other than to point people to a hosting server that is down... However, if you have redundant servers/clusters/server farms, then multiple name servers do have benefits.

    I could go on for months with additional info and advice, but this is already getting pretty long... See you around!
     
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