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faq:vhost02 [2011/04/30 19:12] (current)
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 +     This is a pretty quick and basic description. ​ The most
 +     ​important records are the A, MX and CNAME. ​ You can probably
 +     ​figure out how the DNS database entry works.
 +     ​SOA ​   Start Of Authority. ​ Is probably the most complicated
 +            portion of the DNS database to understand. ​ SDF takes
 +            care of this record for you.
 +     ​A ​     Address record. ​ The IP address for a host or domain.
 +     ​MX ​    Mail Exchanger. ​ The host who handles mail for your
 +            domain/​hosts. ​ There is a numeric value before the 
 +            MX host to specify preference (typically 75 for
 +            a primary, and 100 for a secondary)
 +     ​CNAME ​ Canonical Name - an equivilent host name.
 +     A typical database (without the SOA) might look like this:
 +     ​$ORIGIN mydomain.org.
 +     ​foo IN A
 + IN MX 75 ​  ​foo.mydomain.org.
 + IN MX 100 ​ mail.anotherhost.org.
 +     ​bar IN CNAME foo.mydomain.org.
 +     ​Notice that the "​."​ at the end of text is of importance.
 +     the $ORIGIN is a tag in the database, which tells the nameserver
 +     that all information following needs to have '​mydomain.org.'​
 +     ​appended to the initial tag (id est, foo.mydomain.org. instead
 +     of just '​foo'​).
 +     In the above example, host '​foo'​ has an address of and
 +     its favourite mail exchanger is itself. ​ In the event that it
 +     is unavailable,​ its second favourite mail exchanger is
 +     '​mail.anotherhost.org'​ which lives outside of this database.
 +     Host '​bar'​ in basically just an equivilent name for '​foo'​ .. although
 +     you could of just had another A and MX records for '​bar',​ this is
 +     the most efficient and clean way to build your database.