Setting up Registrar email service with Digital Ocean DNS

August 20, 2014 3.3k views


I am using a mail service from my registrar Gandi where is my domain in order to have an email like contact@domain.com !
I am using Digital Ocean DNS so Gandi tell me to put in a zone file this :

pop 10800 IN CNAME access.mail.gandi.net.
webmail 10800 IN CNAME agent.mail.gandi.net.
smtp 10800 IN CNAME relay.mail.gandi.net.
imap 10800 IN CNAME access.mail.gandi.net.
@ 10800 IN MX 10 spool.mail.gandi.net.
@ 10800 IN MX 50 fb.mail.gandi.net.

I add this to my db.domain.com in etc/bind directory (Debian) and also add to DNS control panel from Digital ocean.

Seems have somme errors when testing with this command : named-checkconf -z

zone domain.com/IN: loading from master file /etc/bind/db.domain.com failed: CNAME and other data
zone epsilon-lyr.com/IN: not loaded due to errors.

or with nslookup :

** server can't find espilon-lyr.com: NXDOMAIN

What i am doing wrong ? Thanks for your help.

  • Hi,

    Could you please indicate how you managed to setup the DNS from the control panel ? I'm having exactly the same issue and trying to save them in the zone file, but I can't understand how to generate these instructions with an "IN" from the control panel.

    Thank you

  • Did you ever figure this out?

4 Answers

Are you using DigitalOcean's DNS servers or are you using bind to create your own nameservers on a DigitalOcean droplet? In Gandi's control panel, did you change your nameservers?

It looks like maybe you've worked this out already? I'm seeing the CNAME working correctly:

# dig pop.epsilon-lyr.com

; <<>> DiG 9.9.5-3-Ubuntu <<>> pop.epsilon-lyr.com
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 21329
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 2, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 512
;pop.epsilon-lyr.com.       IN  A

pop.epsilon-lyr.com.    1799    IN  CNAME   access.mail.gandi.net.
access.mail.gandi.net.  18543   IN  A

;; Query time: 195 msec
;; WHEN: Wed Aug 20 16:26:18 EDT 2014
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 99

I am using Digital Ocean DNS on Gandi name server. It 's ok.
Working ?? Hum, will check that.

Many thanks Andrew. Coming back to you.

Ok, i can receive email at last on the email contact@domain.com ... So it's works.
Seems to only have to set gandi's CNAME and MX on Digital Ocean DNS panel and not on this zone file on bind. Still have errors (same) on it.

What do you think ?

  • Well if it's working, then you're fine! =) Bind is for setting up your own DNS nameservers. Most likely, you don't need to do that.

Zone file undo like before.
Only DNS on Digital Ocean set.

Everything work fine.

Thank you :)

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