Partial Server Migration - Nameserver Config help needed

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by snowweb, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. snowweb

    snowweb Member

    I have a VPS called (which used to be running DirectAdmin but I haven't renewed the license for that recently) and new VPS on a different host called

    The plan is ultimately to move everything onto s2 and let s1 go, but I want to get everything right on s2 first and then migrate each domain on s1 to s2 one at a time.

    My registrar is godaddy and my previous glue records on godaddy were originally:

    ns1 ->
    ns2 ->
    but I've added the following:

    ns21 ->
    ns22 ->
    ns21.s2 -> (created in error)
    ns21.s2 -> (created in error)
    I will delete those created in error once the dust settles and I know that they're not doing anything.

    The nameservers registered are:
    They are both hosted on the same machine.

    s2 has two IP addresses assigned to it, which are - 168.

    I'm wanting to create two nameservers and for the new server (s2) but figure out how to do it. I've purchased the manual but so far it has not been detailed enough to help me with any of the problems I've had.

    Please see the attached image taken from phpMyAdmin -> ISPConfig -> dns_rr showing the records of the table.

    Many thanks in advance. It's a great piece of software - I just wish the documentation was more complete :)

    Attached Files:

  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    You created a zone for a subdomain (
  3. snowweb

    snowweb Member

    Yes, I believe so. The reason was because one server ( was going to be responsible for a bunch of sites and then was going to be responsible for another bunch of sites. I already have up and running (it's a couple of years old and is being migrated).

    I think I created a mess back then when I named my server but the nameservers and I think it would have been better to call them and instead. Then I could have easily split s1 from s2 and kept neutral!

    I think I now have figured out a solution to untangling the mess I created. I'll set each domain up with it's own custom nameservers when I migrate it and will only setup my nameservers after I've pulled the plug on In order to set them up now, it seems like I will disrupt my existing domains on and I'm not prepared to move them all yet.

    Originally the idea of creating a subdomain for each server was so that I could register just one domain and use the same domain name for all my servers. It just seemed wasteful registering one for every server when it doesn't get much public exposure anyway. I don't know how others do it?

    Anyway, I think, what I'm saying is that I've now formed a plan in my head that should allow a successful relatively risk free migration! I'll get back here if it fails!

  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    You cannot create zones for subdomains. You can create zones only for full domains (e.g.
  5. snowweb

    snowweb Member

    Ah! Ok. Thanks Falko. Looks like I need to visit the drawing board again!
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  7. snowweb

    snowweb Member

    Thanks Falko. Will definitely read that. :)

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