What nameservers to use / how to set up multiple domains within one VPS (virtualmin)

  • Posted on December 13, 2013
  • marcelAsked by marcel


I succesfully installed virtualmin. I have set up one domain as virtual server , this works. I see my HTML uploaded to that domain.

However, I now try to set up multiple domains in virtualmin. So I created a sub-server (thats how virtualmin calls it), being my domain. I tried to use own nameservers for this domain, which I have setup in my master domain.

But this does not work. Why does this not work, and any info/tutorials on how to set up multiple domains in virtualmin, and what NS settings to use?

To summarize my question: I have 2 domainnames registered by an external domain registar. I want both domains running on a single VPS. How can I do this?

Thanks a lot in advance! Been bugging with this the whole day.

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Thanks Pablo, you made it al much clearer now. I will definitively look for a new registar, and I agree that just using one nameserver would not be smart (yes, there is going to run production apps on the VPS…). I think, until I have more knowloedge of nameservers, I just will go with ns1, 2 and 3 of digitalocean. That seems like the most safe option right now.

<b>“I have read that, but I also read that glue records where not the same as nameservers.”</b> <br> <br>The <a href=“”>article</a> does <b>not</b> suggest that Glue records <i>are</i> the same as nameservers. <br> <br><b>“Is it really advisable to use own nameservers instead of digitaloceans`?”</b> <br> <br>It is <b>not</b> advisable to use only one of your own servers as a nameserver, in lieu of the <b>3</b> nameservers that DigitalOcean allows you to use, for free. <br> <br><b>“I mean, how serious is the loss you describe.”</b> <br> <br>Is not being able to access your server a “serious” issue, for you? Just like many things in life, there are few one-size-fits-all approaches when it comes to computing. If you’re simply using this server as a sandbox in which to learn the intricacies of server management, then I would submit that it’s well worth effort to learn how to manage your own nameserver. If your droplet is a production server, you’d be nuts to only use 1 nameserver AND – even worse – host that DNS server on the same server as your site(s)/app. <br> <br>As wonderful of a service that DigitalOcean is, hardware failures; network problems; software bugs; and more, are a reality of computing-life that no one – not Google, Amazon Web Services, GoDaddy, Linode, RackSpace, etc. – are immune to. In the IT world, redundancy has <i>always</i> been a goal. It’s just that for the longest time, it was cost-prohibitive. That is (only one of the big reasons) why DigitalOcean has been so successful, so fast: Now, you can have redundancy until your little heart is content, all the while not sacrificing quality and without breaking the Piggy Bank. <br> <br><b>“Because, in case my registar does not support glue records…”</b> <br> <br>Perhaps it’s time for a new registrar.

I have read that, but I also read that glue records where not the same as nameservers. But I got now a new e-mail from my registar and they say: <br>“You can just point al your A records to the IP of the VPS, that will solve this”. But that is not in line with your comment “Glue records are not A records”, so I am a little bit confused right now. <br> <br>I will try with changing nameservers and adding the IPs of the digitaloceans nameservesr there. <br> <br>BTW, earlier you commented: "At that point, you'd lose the safety net of redundancy and gain absolutely nothing.". Is it really advisable to use own nameservers instead of digitaloceans? I mean, how serious is the loss you describe. Because, in case my registar does not support glue records, then I will have to go with digitaloceans nameservers. <br> <br>