Originally Posted by stoute
do I need to add the a records even though the domain for the name servers and the domain I'm setting up are different?
example.com - the domain I'm creating the DNS for (domainA.com)
ns1.domain.com - Name server (ns1.domainB.com)
ns2.domain.com - Name server (ns2.domainB.com)
I hope that makes sense
No. These a records have only be added when the ns recordsvare subdomains of the zone.
Take a look into the syslog, the named error and its reason is logged there.