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Setting Custom DNS Entries in H-Sphere

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2015 08:17PM EDT
To create a custom record to your DNS zone, do the following:



1. Select Domain info in the Domain Settings menu.

2. On the page that appears, click the Edit icon in the DNS Configuration field:

3. This link will take you to the DNS Configuration page:



On this page you can see several blocks of DNS records. Some are
built-in and non-removable; others are user-defined and can be deleted.
Built-in MX records require special consideration: they can be removed
by disabling mailservices for this domain., but all e-mail resources,
including mailboxes, forwarders, and autoresponders will also be
deleted. The removal of H-Sphere 2.x email services was made possible
to enable the use of e-mail services provided by other mail servers.



You can add any type of DNS records by clicking an appropriate link. You will be asked to enter corresponding DNS data.



Adding Custom A Records



Normally, A records are used to map domain names and web server IP's.



If you have selected A record, the following page appears:



- Name: enter the string to map to the web server.

- TTL: set how many seconds will elapse before the record is refreshed in the DNS cache.

- Data: enter the IP of the web server.



WARNING: Please pay attention to $ORIGIN when you add an A record.



Adding Custom MX Records



Custom MX records should be added when you want to use your external
mail servers to process your e-mail. To use your external servers
instead of those you get by default, you need to disable mail service
on the Domain Settings page of your control panel. To use the default
mail servers in addition to those you get by default, you need to keep
mail service enabled in the control panel. The priority of the custom
MX record will define whether your external servers will act as
secondary or primary. For instance, if you set the priority of the
custom MX record higher than 10 (e.g. 11), your external mail server
will be used as secondary. If you set the priority of the custom MX
record lower than 10 (e.g. 9), your external mail server will be used
as primary. In the latter case, your mail will be sent to your external
mail server until it goes down or becomes otherwise inaccessible. Then
the default mail server will take over.



When you enable mail service in the control panel, an MX record is
created automatically in the DNS zone. If mail service is disabled,
this built-in MX record remains in the DNS zone, and you can remove it
manually using the control panel interface.



If you have selected MX record, the following page appears:



- Name: your local domain name. If you leave the Name field blank, all mail will be redirected for the base zone.

- Data: the priority of the record and mail domain name (not the IP) mail will be forwarded to.



IMPORTANT: To add an MX record for the base domain, leave the Name field empty.



Adding Custom CNAME Records



Finally, CNAME records are used to map aliases with domain names.



If you have selected CNAME record, the following page appears:



- Name: The alias you give to the real host name.

- TTL: set how many seconds will elapse before the record is refreshed in the DNS cache.

- Data: The real name of the host you create an alias to. This must be
an official host name. It cannot be an alias. A CNAME-record should
always point to an A-record to avoid circular references.



WARNING: Please pay attention to $ORIGIN when you add a CNAME record.

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