How to set up DNS entries using your vpsie account

In this tutorial will show you how to set up main DNS records using your VPSie account. For this order we will use vpsie.tk as a domain. First after we logged in to the vpsie account and go to the DNS tab click on Add New Domain button. Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 12.50.17 AM

Then fill out the form with the domain name and select the vpsie which you want to be assigned to the A record, then click the Add Domain button.

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Ones that done you will see in the domain list that an A record was added which is pointed to the IP address assigned to the VPSie you have selected. Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 1.03.00 AM

 

After you have added the domain to your account you have to go to your registrar and update the NS(Name Server) records for your domain. You will have to add the IP address or the domain names of the DNS service which is managing your Domains.

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Now let’s talk about the Records type:

A records called Address record. Returns a 32-bit IPv4 address, most commonly used to map hostnames to an IP address of the host (In our case will tie vpsie.tk to 162.220.52.86).

AAAA records called IPv6 Address records. Returns a 128-bit IPv6 address, most commonly used to map hostnames to an IP address of the host.

CNAME records called as Canonical Record Name. Alias of one name to another: the DNS lookup will continue by retrying the lookup with the new name.

MX records called Mail exchange records. Maps a domain name to a list of message transfer agents for that domain.

TXT records Text record. Originally for arbitrary human-readable text in a DNS record. Since the early 1990s, however, this record more often carries machine-readable-data,  opportunistic-encryption, Sender Policy Framework, DKIM, DMARC, DNS-SD, etc.

Once that is cleared out let’s create an A record for mail.vpsie.tk (these information will be informational ones just to give example will not be pointed to any e-mail server).

First you need to click on the “+” sign on the line with the A record. A new field will be generated you enter the name of your server in our case mail.vpsie.tk in the name field and the ip address where that hostname is pointed, we will use the same IP address as for vpsie.tk. When done click on the update button.

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Since we do not have IPv6 assigned to this vpsie we will not create the AAAA record but it is done in the same way as the A record with the difference that instead of IPv4 address we will use the assigned IPv6 address. Next we will create a CNAME record which will be the alias for the A record vpsie.tk. Therefore we will point www.vpsie.tk to vpsie.tk.

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For next we will set up the MX record. On the Name field you put the hostname of your mail server in our case mail.vpsie.tk and on the Value field the priority of the server. In case that there are multiple mail servers you will have to have different priorities. Two MX records cannot have the same priority. The record with lowest priority number will be the server with priority.

Note: For MX records the system expect the email server and priority only
Example: ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 10

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For TXT record will set up a simple SPF record where we tell to the e-mail servers that for this domain all the trusted mail senders will be the MX records.

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Last recommended change is the creation of the Reverse DNS entry. Reverse DNS is needed so that mail servers can check the ip address from where the the e-mail is coming against the hostname which is set in the emails headers. This is a very important step against fighting spam messages.

To create the RDNS record click on Add PTR record. Then select the vpsie for which you want to create the PTR record and click on Add PTR button.

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Now let’s test our settings. First we start the vpsie.tk A record:

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Next we check for mail.vpsie.tk A record:

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Next we test the CNAME record:

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Next we will test the MX records:

 

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Note: For MX records the system expect the email server and priority only
Example: ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 10

We are testing the TXT record:

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Last we are testing the PTR record:

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