Webmin Bind DNS Not Working: Probably my fault

June 24, 2019 455 views

This is my first attempt at using BIND DNS and Virtualmin. I have only ever set this up via CPanel.

I want to be able to manage DNS zones for a domain via Virtualmin.

I have pointed (via siteground) my URL at ns1(and ns2 and ns3).digitalocean.com

My URL, edcresearch.com, resolves to my droplet IP address.

Now, I want to be able to set up subdomains and things from Virtualmin. I added A record *.edcresearch.com to my droplet IP via Digital Ocean > Networking.

For testing purposes, I made test.edcresearch.com and pointed it at another Droplet. There is a master zone edcresearch.com on my webmin UI.

I get no host found via all the internet ping tool. I am assuming that I am doing something wrong.

Can anybody point me in the right direction?

1 Answer


Virtualmin, and other panels like Plesk or cPanel, will configure DNS on the server its installed onto, eg your Droplet. These packages will not work as DigitalOcean DNS configurators - that’s what the DO Cloud panel is for. To use virtualmin or cpanel would mean delegating your domain to your droplet and that is not a typical use case these days. (Don’t do this).

If you go back to the DigitalOcean > Networking panel, you’ll see you can manage all of your DNS records from there - pointing them at Droplets or anything else with an IP address.

Hope this helps and please let us know if you need any further assistance - good luck!

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