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 How can I setup a secondary (slave) DNS server with Plesk?
Solution Source: This article was taken from the SWSoft Knowledgebase with Article ID 1338 (http://kb.swsoft.com/en/1338).
Retrieved: August 30, 2007

The following are the steps for setting up a secondary (slave) DNS server with Plesk:

1. Allow zone transfer for secondary DNS server by listing the secondary DNS server's IP in the NS records for the zones or by adding it to the Access Control List.

2. To add the hosts to which DNS zone transfers for all zones are allowed, go to the Transfer Restrictions tab on the DNS management page.

3. Create all the needed zones on the secondary DNS server with "slave" type. See example below:

zone "example.com" {
type slave;
file "example.com.zone";
masters {; };

Afterwards, the slave DNS server will start getting the zones information from Plesk(master DNS server).

If you want to use Plesk as the Slave DNS server, you have to change all DNS zones on the Slave Plesk server to "slave" mode and specify the Master nameserver. To do it, just go to

"Domains -> DOMAIN NAME -> DNS Settings -> Switch DNS Service Mode"

Then add Primary NS address using "Add Record" button.

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Article ID: 124
Created On: Jan 23 2009 06:19 PM

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