DNS templates

Discussion in 'Tips/Tricks/Mods' started by mike_p, May 13, 2010.

  1. mike_p

    mike_p Member

    Following on from a discussion in this thread
    http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45644

    I am interested in improving my DNS template.

    The starting point I have is this template:
    Code:
    [ZONE]
    origin={DOMAIN}.
    ns={NS1}.
    mbox={EMAIL}.
    refresh=28800
    retry=7200
    expire=604800
    minimum=86400
    ttl=86400
    
    [DNS_RECORDS]
    A||{IP}|0|86400
    A|*|{IP}|0|86400
    A|mail|{IP}|0|86400
    NS||{NS1}.|0|86400
    MX||mail|10|86400
    TXT||v=spf1 a mx -all|0|86400
    with the following fields checked: Domain, IP Address, NS 1, Email

    But I find that every time I use the wizard I'm having to retype the IP address, nameserver and Email.
    If I enter hard-coded value in the ZONE section for mbox and ns, those values will be automatically entered on the DNS Zone page, but values in the Records page will not be updated.
    ie
    Code:
    ns=ns.myhostng.co.uk
    mbox=[email protected]
    How can I enter the NS1 and IP address into the template so that the DNS records automatically show the correct values without having to type them each time?
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2010
  2. mike_p

    mike_p Member

    okay - I know now!

    After an exhaustive examination of the source code (dns-wizard.php)
    I now realise that I had made a wrong assupmtion. I had presumed that the values in the DNS_RECORDS section of the template would be replaced with settings from the ZONE section. Actually the placeholders are only replaced with values from the user form (form that is shown when using the DNS Wizard)

    So my template has now become:
    Code:
    [ZONE]
    origin={DOMAIN}.
    ns=ns.myhostingdomain.com
    mbox=[email protected]
    refresh=28800
    retry=7200
    expire=604800
    minimum=86400
    ttl=86400
    
    [DNS_RECORDS]
    A||11.22.33.44|0|86400
    A|*|11.22.33.44|0|86400
    A|mail|11.22.33.44|0|86400
    NS||ns.myhostingdomain.com|0|86400
    MX||mail|10|86400
    TXT||v=spf1 a mx -all|0|86400
    
    This works well for me: I just have to choose the template, choose the client, enter the domain name and the rest is done!

    One question: within the DNS_RECORDS section, what purpose does the NS record hold and is it actually neccessary
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2010
  3. radim_h

    radim_h Member

    but this setting still doesn't fill the first page values in form

    How to make these values in user form filled always with same pre-defined record ?


    IP Address
    NS 1
    NS 2
    Email
    http://mixx.org/pic/ispc3dnspic1.jpg

    template is ignoring section
    ns1=some.ns1.tld
    n2=some.ns2.tld
    mbox=[email protected]


    Also, what are these values for? waht should be in it? and should these also be in template?
    Also Notify - ip address of secondary dns??
    Update ACL
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2010
  4. mike_p

    mike_p Member

    Are you sure?

    If you have those values in your template, they won't appear on the form when you add the record, but they will appear on the record that is generated.
    (unless you enter some other values on the form)
     
  5. radim_h

    radim_h Member

    Yes,
    if i fill just domain name and IP (i will be happy if also IP can be in templete)

    then script complains about empty values
    as here http://mixx.org/pic/ispc3dnspic2.jpg

    i'd like to have in template everything except domain name

    my template is allmost same as yours
    [ZONE]
    origin={DOMAIN}.
    ns=ns2.myweb.name
    ns1=ns2.myweb.name
    ns2=ns.otherweb.com
    mbox=[email protected]
    refresh=3600
    retry=1800
    expire=1814400
    minimum=7200
    ttl=7200
    xfer=7.8.9.0
    [DNS_RECORDS]
    A||1.2.3.4|0|7200
    A|*|1.2.3.4|0|7200
    A|mail|1.2.3.4|0|7200
    NS||ns2.myweb.name.|0|7200
    NS||ns.otherweb.com.|0|7200
    MX||mail.{DOMAIN}.|10|7200
    MX||mxbackup.myweb.name.|100|7200
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2010
  6. radim_h

    radim_h Member

    Oh, now i see
    those values must be unchecked in template properties - http://mixx.org/pic/ispc3dnspic3.jpg


    so remaining questions are:

    - should IP address be also in template?
    ideally pre-filled in the form, so user doesn't need to remember default server address
    someting as http://mixx.org/pic/ispc3dnspic4.jpg


    - what is correct value for these fields:
    Also Notify
    Update ACL
    and should they be in template also ?
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2010
  7. Niels

    Niels New Member

    I have my ip in my template. Then I can make several templates with differnt IP so I dont need to remember each IP :)
     
  8. radim_h

    radim_h Member

    can you post example of your template, please ?
     
  9. Niels

    Niels New Member

    Code:
    [ZONE]
    origin={DOMAIN}.
    ns=ns1.netopcom.dk.
    mbox=[email protected]
    refresh=28800
    retry=7200
    expire=604800
    minimum=86400
    ttl=86400
    
    [DNS_RECORDS]
    A|{DOMAIN}.|86.58.173.15|0|86400
    A|www|86.58.173.15|0|86400
    A|mysql|86.58.173.15|0|86400
    A|mail|86.58.173.15|0|86400
    A|webmail|86.58.173.15|0|86400
    A|cp|86.58.173.15|0|86400
    NS|{DOMAIN}.|ns1.netopcom.dk.|0|86400
    NS|{DOMAIN}.|ns2.netopcom.dk.|0|86400
    MX|{DOMAIN}.|mail.{DOMAIN}.|10|86400
    
     
  10. radim_h

    radim_h Member

    Well, i don't see any difference,then in first step when adding zone from tepmplate you still ha to input domain name & IP adress, how you namaged anyhow to hide IP address field in first step ?
     
  11. Niels

    Niels New Member

    the ip is hardcoded in the template. When creating the template I have only a check in "Domain"
     

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