Member IP addresses show as Digitalocean IP address?

Posted September 28, 2014 2.5k views

My members all have the same IP address when i view the logs, which is the same as my server’s IP address.

I set-up a forum on Ubuntu 14.04 x64 and installed apache, fail2ban, and a few other programs recommended in the tutorials. I also installed VestaCP.

I must have messed up some dns setting along the way because I’m unable to figure out HOW my members are all showing up as using the same IP address, which is conveniently the server’s IP address.

My domains both point towards the same droplet.
I have the A record as @ and the droplet IP address
The CNAMEs are WWW @ and * @
The NS records for both are

Both domains are hosted with godaddy and point at the nameservers listed for digitalocean.

I am a complete noob and need help because banning spammers isn’t going to work if everyone has the same IP address…

Thanks in advance for any help!


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As mentioned before, this seems like Nginx is being used as a Reverse proxy. What you can do to confirm this is SSH in your Droplet and type in the following command:

netstat -tulpen | grep -E "nginx|apache|httpd|80"

It will show you what’s running on port 80 or if there are any Nginx or Apache services running. If you then want to see the IP addresses, I’ll recommend checking the Nginx access logs as the information would be relayed there.