Multiple Server Setup

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Hawker, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Hawker

    Hawker New Member

    First I'll qualify this topic.... I know ISPConfig won't manage 2 servers on 1 installation.

    However I have someone who would like their own dedicated server on my system using my DNS. So I thought about it and came up with this solution...

    On my ISPConfig main server set up their web site pointing to an IP that is not on my main machine. Set the mail and MX records for that new machine to that same IP.

    Set up another server with ISPConfig using the above IP address. The NS records on that machine would point back to my DNS ns1 and ns2.

    Would this work?
    Would all email show as coming from their server and not mine?

    I know these are simple questions, but sometimes simple just isn't simple. And I hope I was clear enough with what I want to do.
  2. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    yes, I have such a setup.
    Without modifying postfix, mail always is sent from the systemname.primarydomain.tld, which you used during installation. That's no problem. The ISPConfig setup takes care of proper sending emails. Only when you do 'show headers' you will see the system name. But you will probably see a lot of other system names also, through which the email has traveled before reaching it's destination. That's the way email works.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2007
  3. Hawker

    Hawker New Member

    Thank you!

    I have dealt with dedicated servers for years, but they were leased and came pretty much ready to go out of the box so to say. I am enjoying doing the work on my own and still have a learning curve to go through.

    ISPConfig is a god-send.
  4. Hotwire

    Hotwire New Member

    Okay... My question...

    Iv got 2 servers, 1 static IP. How do I go about setting up 2 ISPConfig Servers here? Iv already got one ISPConfig server setup, and I would like to have a second server setup to have a diffrent set of software installed (Mysql 4, PHP5, and the such) so that I can run SugarCRM. If any one can help me, Id really appreciate it.
  5. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Have a look at the perefct setup guides here on, they are also available on the ISPConfig documentation page. they describe in detail how to setup your server for ISPConfig.
  6. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    I think the bottom line question is 1 external IP with 2 servers. Maybe with configuring a proxy you might be able to manage part, but it's far from ideal. And for mail you'd need to configure trusted relays et al. It will require very careful planning and some things will probably not work. It's much better to have (at least) two public IP's. It will be a requirement as soon as you want to start using SSL certs anyway.......
  7. brainz

    brainz Member

    Have a Question....

    If i wanted to setup a secondard dns server with ispconfig do i have to have exact same setup and the primary dns server and its setup with ispconfig and all the domains cnames A records mx records etc... and then accounts as well... ??? in toher words do i have to setup the identical server with ispconfig in the secondary server ???

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2007
  8. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  9. brainz

    brainz Member

    Hi falko,

    Im aware that the secondary dns is setup and a tranfer on the same server and how to setup the secondary dns in ispconfig.

    However what if i wanted to setup a backup server for the primary server which carries both primary and secondary dns servers.

    I wan tto literaly create another hardware server as the backup server that takes over from the primary server is it goes down...

    falko this why i ask becuase i did a test on my domain and it comes up with this...

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2007
  10. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    I think the best way would be to copy the named configuration to your backup server with rsync by a cronjob.

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