DNS (Domain Name System) is a very significant part of the internet. DNS must be configured with perfect precision and any inaccuracy in setting up the DNS record may lead to the inefficient performance of your website.
DNS basically associates a Domain Name with an IP address. For example, if you have purchased a domain name, say www.abcdef.com, this domain name requires an IP address to be processed on the Internet.
Follow the steps mentioned in this article to configure your DNS records via the E2E Networks DNS server database.
- A Domain Name
- An IP address
- Login Credentials (Provided by e2enetworks)
Follow the steps to set up your DNS records with e2enetworks :
STEP 1 – DNS panel
Login to your E2E Networks ‘My Account’ using your credentials to set up your DNS records with E2E Networks.
On the dashboard click on the Domain tab.
STEP 2 – Enter the Domain Details
Every domain requires an SOA record(Start Of Authority Records) configuration at its point of transition, from where the domain is commissioned from its parent domain. For instance, abcdef.com is a domain name and if you want to point this domain to e2enetworks DNS servers, then the SOA records for the name abcdef.com must be configured at our DNS portal.
Fill in the parameters required as follows:
- Enter the exact domain name that you own or have bought.
Note: The domain name should not have a "www" at the beginning.
IPv4 Address (External IP)
- Enter the ‘public IP’ address under the IP address section.
Primary Name Server
- Name Server – All the information related to your domain name will be stored and maintained by the Name Server.
- Link E2E Networks nameserver mentioned below in your domain service provider portal.
Once you have entered the respective details, click on create domain button.
STEP 3 – Create your Domain Records
Once you save the SOA records, the domain will be created in the e2enetworks DNS database. Configure your DNS records for your domain name by clicking on the ‘View’ button next to your Domain name & IP Address.You will be directed to a new page, where the summary of your Domain Name will be displayed.
You can add and edit various DNS records under zone file.
A Record (IPv4)
Type A record is used, when you need to associate a Domain Name to an Ip address.
To accomplish this & to create a new ‘A-Type Record‘ associated with abcdef.com.
- Enter hostname in the host section
- Enter the IP address to which the domain name should resolve.
- Click Create.
• A generic hostname field ending with “.”(dot) such as (abcdef.com.) is considered as Fully Qualified Domain Name • Hostname field with blank or ”@” symbol is considered as a base domain abcdef.com. • Hostname field at the end of which a “.”(dot) is not used such as (abcdef.com) will append as (abcdef.com.abcdef.com.abcdef.com)
AAAA Record (IPv6)
AAAA records are used to point domain name to IPv6 address only.
CNAME record is utilized when a domain’s alias name is to be created.
For example, an alias name of docs.abcdef.com. can be documents.abcdef.com. using the CNAME record.
MX record (Mail Exchange Record) is related to the Mail Servers present in your Domain’s server. Its responsible for the reception of the emails based on their respective mail servers.
- Hostname – Enter your host-name (ex :mail.abcdef.com.)
- Priority – Set the mail-server priority
- MX Server – Name/domain of your mailserver
The TXT Domain Record provides information regarding your server, datacenter or a network in a user readable format. For instance, you can verify the ownership of a domain using the TXT resource record. You can create SPF, DK, DKIM text records.
Enter the hostname abcdef.com and enter the rule in the Text area.
For example, enter v=spf1 mx -all (to make sure that all emails are sent from this server and no other server are authorized)
SRV records specify the location (hostname and port number) of servers for specific services. You can use service records to direct certain types of traffic to servers.
STEP 4 – Custom Reverse DNS
Go to ‘Custom Reverse DNS Records’.
- A Custom reverse DNS record can only be set for an IP belonging to E2E Networks
- Nameserver information record of the domain should point to E2E DNS nameservers.
- An A record should exist for the target.
Create a Custom Reverse DNS Record for each of your Virtual Compute Nodes and access or modify them from the ‘My account’.
STEP 5 – Final Output
Once you have successfully configured the above-mentioned Record-Types for your domain, you will have a final output summary. You can review and edit all the existing records.
The Domain Records are the basic information elements of the domain name system. Each record has a type (name and number), an expiration time (time to live), a class (record type), and type-specific data(value).
Note: Please, refresh the page, in case you fail to see the Domain summary.
STEP 6 – Diagnostics
Once you have filled all the required fields and updated the Nameserver information record your domain name should be up and supported in a few hours.
Go to the Diagnostics section to get a report of your domain.
Click the refresh button in case if the details are not updated.
You can confirm your hostname registration with E2E Networks.
Open command prompt/shell and run ‘ping’ command –
Check the server IP Address and the response.
ping www.abcdef.com 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_req=1 ttl=60 time=1.05 ms 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_req=2 ttl=60 time=0.450 ms ........