DNS Manager

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I have a domain, let's say www.example.de. And I also have a linode server. The DNS entries of www.example.de points to linode.

Moreover, I want to use a mail address [email protected], thus I edited the MX records in the DNS Manager so that point to an external mail server which I use.

But what do I have to put in the A/AAAA Records for mail and www, i.e. which IP address? I'm installing phpList on the linode server and the phpList web interface should be accessible through www.example.de, so I think I have to make a special edit for the www A/AAAA Record.

A last question. In the SOA Record, I have to enter an E-Mail address. Is it ok to use [email protected]? This is the mail address which is redirected to a mail server by the mx records.

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@Helveticus:

But what do I have to put in the A/AAAA Records for mail and www, i.e. which IP address? I'm installing phpList on the linode server and the phpList web interface should be accessible through http://www.example.de, so I think I have to make a special edit for the www A/AAAA Record.

The IP address for www should be the IP address of whatever machine serves the site for www.example.de, so if it's your Linode serving the page it should be your Linode's IP address. Just make sure you're using the IPv4 address for the A records and the IPv6 address for the AAAA records.

Thank you very much.

I just see a field for the IP address but not one for IPv4 and one for IPv6. What should I use? And what should I write for hostname and what for TTL?

Following this, I have to use for mail in the A/AAA Records the IP address of my mailserver?

And is the e-mail address [email protected] in the SOA Record ok? [email protected] is a mail address which is rooted from example.de over the linode server to the mail server declared in the DNS Manager of linode.

A-type records are for IPv4 addresses.

AAAA-type records are for IPv6 addresses.

@Helveticus:

I just see a field for the IP address but not one for IPv4 and one for IPv6. What should I use? And what should I write for hostname and what for TTL?

I don't use Linode's DNS manager, however I'd guess it's the subdomain part, e.g. for www.example.com you'd put www , and for mail.example.com you'd put mail . As for the IP address, my guess is a bit weaker – best guess is you do it twice, once for the IPv4 address and once for the IPv6 address.

@Helveticus:

Following this, I have to use for mail in the A/AAA Records the IP address of my mailserver?

Correct. Whatever you use as the MX record should have an A record pointing to the IPv4 address of the mail server, and an AAAA record pointing to the IPv6 address of the mail server.

@Helveticus:

And is the e-mail address [email protected] in the SOA Record ok? [email protected] is a mail address which is rooted from example.de over the linode server to the mail server declared in the DNS Manager of linode.

You should be able to use any valid email address you own. You'll have to use info.example.de (replace the @ with a . , the @ symbol means something different in DNS).

Everything worked, thank you guys. But there is another problem.

I set up a LAMP Server and installed phpList. I've had to put phpList into /home/username/public/example.com/public/lists.

But now I have to use www.example.com/lists but I only want to use www.example.com. How can I do this?

Put phpList into /home/username/public/example.com/public instead of /home/username/public/example.com/public/lists or change the DocumentRoot directive in the VirtualHost definition of www.example.com to /home/username/public/example.com/public/lists instead of /home/username/public/example.com/public. Alternatively, issue a 301 redirect that redirects any URL of the form http://www.example.com/blah to http://www.example.com/lists/blah (though the www.example.com/lists URL will appear in the browser window), or use rewrite rules to serve the content at /home/username/public/example.com/public/lists as if it was actually at /home/username/public/example.com/public (though this seems like a big hassle relative to either moving phpList to the desired location or updating the DocumentRoot).

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