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DNS config on Mountain Lion Server

1242 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 28, 2012 7:31 AM by BioRich RSS
BioRich Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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Nov 27, 2012 1:10 AM

Hi folks.  DNS question here.  I just bought a new Mini Server with 10.8.1 Mountain Lion Server on it. 


I need DNS.  I have a static IP where I'm running a handful of domains.  I use an external Internet DNS pointer that points all domains to my static IP.  I want all internal web and mail traffic to go to a single IP. 


I have set up the DNS as I expected it to be, and it's confusing, as well as not working.  I have the following domains:


The DNS interface has two settings.  The simple primary domain view, which has grey LAN IP numbers below each entry.  The other view is one that says "show all records", which has machines, aliases and mail exchangers.  All my domains use an MX entry for themselves (i.e. should resolve, and 


I also thought it was necessary to provide a LAN map of machine names so the LAN knows who is who.  Is this needed?


I'm going to reset the whole set of records to minimal domain names and MX records.  I'm not sure how to alias the 





I have an iPad that I want to be able to view some internal apache directives (vhosts) on my workstation, which is  Is this possible, by entering some kind of record into the DNS?


Any advice appreciated. 



Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Hypercard UG!
  • Pierre Froelicher1 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Nov 27, 2012 6:49 AM (in response to BioRich)

    Hi BioRich



    for a starter.


    External DNS pointer = A-Record ?

    If you do that for all you domains, they will point correctly to your server.

    Your server resolves ONLY questions within yourdomain.xx


    LAN MAP?? I think this IS the DNS database. With DNS you tell machines where to look for information. For example if you create server.yourdomain.xx the nameserver for xx gets a request to find server.yourdomain.xx.

    It will point to your static IP (because you told him to, putting in a A-Record in your domain-servers DNS database.

    Here it arrives and asks your mac Server...hey..where is "server" within this domain. Your DNS setup points it to your internal IP, for example.


    PART 2

    Yes, you can direct traffic to any machine within your network putting in machine-records pointing the name of the machine to an internal IP. Routers, printers, workstations etc.





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