How can I add a CNAME hostname record which doesn't have my domain name automatically stuck on the end of it?

August 2, 2017 529 views
DNS Ubuntu

I am currently working on pointing a domain name previously associated with Network Solutions toward my digital ocean droplet. But, the CNAME hostname that Network Solutions is giving me is: mail.[my domain name] and smtp.[my domain name] However, with the DO program, the hostname I want (mail.[mydomainname] automatically results in (mail.[mydomainname][mydomainname]).

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I do not exactly understand your problem, but I want to clarify something:

If your domain is then any DNS record you add will definitely end in you cannot create records which do not end in using your domain registrar I believe you need to contact network solutions and give them the IP addresses of your droplets to be assigned with mail.[my domain name] and smtp.[my domain name] as they own this domain not you, so they can add records to it.

Hope this helps.

  • Okay, thanks! I have already pointed the domain to DO, so would Network Solutions even be able to help me still?

    • @DanLongingston

      Now you have mail.[my domainname] pointed to your droplet?
      If this is true then your problem is almost solved one thing remains you need to add an MX record to [my domainname] which points to mail.[my domainname], this is necessary for forwarding mail sent to your domain to your mail server. You can add this record the same way you added the last just change the record type.

      Hope this helps.

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