How to set up your Secondary DNS Services in Plesk

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Introduction

This guide will help you set up our Secondary DNS Services in your Plesk control panel. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to manage your DNS records via your control panel. For more information about our Secondary DNS Services please click here.

Prerequisites

  • Installed Plesk control panel
  • Snel.com – Secondary DNS Services
  • This article is written for Plesk with BIND
  • You need to have the SSH login details of your server ready
  • You need to have the administrator login details of your Plesk Ready

Step 1 – Log in to Plesk

Log in to your Plesk environment https://plesk.example.com:8443

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Step 2 – Configure Nameservers

Open Tools & Settings >DNS Template

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Add / Edit the following DNS Records

HostRecord TypeValue
<domain>.NSns1.snel.com
<domain>.NSns2.snel.com
<domain>.NSns3.snel.com

Apply the changes by clicking on Apply DNS Template Changes.

Step 3 – Configure Zone Transfer

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Add the following IP addresses:

89.207.128.251
2a00:7b80:476:ffff::2

Step 4 – Log in with SSH

You need to log in as root or a user with root privileges. You can check this article for instructions on how to log in using SSH

Step 5 – Configure BIND on the server

In order to apply the changes from Plesk to the nameservers of Snel.com, you need to make changes in the following configuration file /etc/named.conf. In the configuration file find the options section and add the option notify-to-soa yes;:

options {
..........
notify-to-soa yes;
};

Step 6 – Restart the Nameserver

Go back to your Plesk environment  https://plesk.example.com:8443

Navigate to Tools & Settings > Services Managementand restart DNS Server (BIND).

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Step 7 – Pre delegated domain check

In this step, we will add a domain into Plesk and check the DNS configuration online. Navigate to Hosting Services and click Add Domain.

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Once the domain is added, visit the website to check your DNS configuration. Add your domain in the zone.tld input field and the nameserver in our situation this is ns1.snel.com, ns2.snel.com, and ns3.snel.com. Once the information is filled click Test Now.  The website will now generate a report of your DNS configuration. Your DNS configuration can be scored with three colors: GreenOrangeRed.

Green means that the DNS configuration is OK. If it’s orange or red it needs your ATTENTION!

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Conclusion

Congratulations, you have configured our Secondary DNS Services on your Plesk. You’re now able to apply the DNS changes (ADD/EDIT/DELETE) directly within your Plesk without going to the control panel of the domain registrar.

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