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How would you set up nameservers for a site on a new dedicated server?

help needed to understand what I'm doing wrong

11:21 am on Feb 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Good afternoon,

Could you please assist me with correctly setting up dns and nameservers?

Or >> How would you set up nameservers and dns (would you?) if your client had just ordered a dedicated server and he/she was planing to host 1 website only on it?

I have a dedicated server at RapidSwitch (UK) and the domain is at 123-reg (UK), and it just seems I'm doing something wrong there...

When I was setting up WHM:
nameservers I chose: ns1.example.co.uk and ns2.example.co.uk
hostname: server1.example.co.uk

Server technical details:
IP Address: 212.38.nn.aa
Default Gateway: 212.38.nn.bb
1st DNS Server: 87.117.xx.ii
2nd DNS Server: 87.117.yy.jj
3rd DNS Server: 87.117.zz.kk


1st time I changed only the nameservers at 123-reg to ns1.example.co.uk and ns2.example.co.uk and did add the new IP address 212.38.n.aa for both of them.

the website wasn't loading anywhere in the world within 12 hours.

Tests were performed with [whatsmydns.net...]

But it did load just fine when I added these lines to my windows hosts file:
212.38.nn.aa example.co.uk
212.38.nn.aa www.example.co.uk

2nd time I did reset nameservers to 123-reg default:

screenshot: [content.screencast.com...]

and used advanced dns editor to and did this:
screenshot: [content.screencast.com...]

right after the website started appearing on random name servers around the world...

still it has been almost 24 hours and can't see it on my iphone... (my wife's phone works just fine)...

A question: Has everything has been done correctly?

humm... I have heard some thoughts that maybe I have to set up some subdomains like ns1 and ns2, but the person wasn't really sure about that.

Thank you in advance for your advice and expertise,

p.s. in addition had to delete the whole classifieds as they didn't migrate over properly (Murphy's law) :)

p.p.s. originally posted this question here: [in another forum] but didn't get clear answers :(

[edited by: phranque at 5:19 am (utc) on Feb 14, 2014]
[edit reason] exemplified domain [/edit]

5:14 am on Feb 14, 2014 (gmt 0)


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i would make sure the primary nameserver specified in your SOA record is listed as a primary nameserver at your parent nameserver.