Domain Name Service, or DNS, can be one of the most be one of the more complicated concepts in server administration. This article will walk through changing an A record from the Linux command line.
This article assumes that you are running BIND on a linux server, that you already have an understanding of what DNS is, the different types of DNS entries, and how DNS works. Please note: The incorrect editing of your zone file can take your site offline. All editing must be done on the authoritative nameservers for the given domain.
Below is an example of what the zone file looks like from the command line.
; Zone file for example.com
@ 86400 IN SOA ns1.example.com. admin.example..com. (
2010090802 ; serial, todays date+todays
86400 ; refresh, seconds
7200 ; retry, seconds
3600000 ; expire, seconds
86400 ) ; minimum, seconds
example.com. 86400 IN NS ns1.example.com.
example.com. 86400 IN NS ns2.example.com.
example.com. IN A 126.96.36.199
localhost.example.com. IN A 127.0.0.1
example.com. IN MX 0 example.com.
mail IN CNAME example.com.
www IN CNAME example.com.
ftp IN A 188.8.131.52
cpanel IN A 184.108.40.206
When editing an A record, we are concerned with any of the lines that something ‘IN A IP-address’. You may want to change an A record because the IP of a subdomain has changed for whatever reason. Due to propagation times involved with making DNS changes, you will want to make sure that you only make changes if they are absolutely needed.
The steps to change the A record are rather straightforward. In this example, we will change the IP address of the ftp.example.com subdomain. To make these changes from the command line:
- Edit the zone file with your favorite command line editor. In this example, we use ‘vi’.
[[email protected] /var/named/]% vi /var/named/example.com.db
- Locate the appropriate line and update the up address. You will see something like the following:
ftp IN A 192.168.1.100
[[email protected] /var/named/]% rndc reload example.com
[[email protected] /var/named/]% dig @localhost ftp.example.com
If you have any questions or are not comfortable making these changes yourself, please feel free to contact Heroic Support.
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