When moving web server to new droplet will DNS find it and update records automatically?

July 10, 2016 438 views

I have a DigitalOcean "Droplet" test server that is running PHP5.3. Yesterday I created a new test server Droplet running LAMP with PHP7.0 and set it up with the same Domain Name as the PHP5.3 Droplet. Then I turned off the PHP5.3 Droplet. Since the new PHP7.0 Droplet uses the same Nameservers, will the DNS system realize that the IP Address has changed for that Domain Name? Or is there something I need to do to nudge the DNS system to do this update?

1 Answer

In the DO control panel in the droplets tab, make note of the IP address of your active droplet. Go to the Networking tab of the DO control panel and click the Domains link to the left. Then click on the domain you want to verify. Look for the A record and make sure the IP address matches the IP address of your active droplet. If not, change it and save the A record. It may take a few minutes to a few hours for your changes to propagate throughout the internet, although you can use the following linux command line to expedite your test:

host yourdomainnamehere
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