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Slave DNS Server

Discussion in 'Plesk 9.x for Windows Suggestions and Feedback' started by Mike Legg, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Mike Legg

    Mike Legg Basic Pleskian

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    This question has been asked a hundred times before, but I still haven't found an answer that works, so here we go again ....

    How do you add a Slave DNS server to Plesk for Windows 9.5?

    EDIT: Forget it, form further reading Plesk doesn't have this ability.
     
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  2. Mike Legg

    Mike Legg Basic Pleskian

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    Actually this does work. It's just that the documentation is woefully inadequate and out of date.

    If anyone is try to add a slave DNS server, first go to "Settings" >> "DNS Recursion Settings" >> "Transfer Restrictions Template" and add the IP address of your slave server.

    Then set up your slave zones in /etc/named.conf pretty much as outlined here - http://kb.odin.com/en/1338, but you may want to do a little reading up on your DNS software because there could be reasons to modify this slightly.

    I also had to fiddle around a bit to get the permissions on the slave right.

    Finally, I found I had to modify C:\Program Files\Parallels\Plesk\dns\etc\named.user.conf and add these lines to get NOTIFY to work (substitute 123.123.123.123 with your slave server IP)
    notify yes;
    also-notify { 123.123.123.123; };

    I'm running Bind 9 on the Plesk/Windows server (master) and Bind 9 on the Linux slave and it's working perfectly.

    Changes made via Plesk are instantly replicated on the slave. The only thing I have to do manually is the addition of new zones to the slave but this can be done programatiically and I beleive there are some commercial products that will also take care of it.
     
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