subdomain vs Top domain

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by anares, May 10, 2010.

  1. anares

    anares New Member


    I try to set a subdomain as a site, but this subdomain only points at the top domain.

    On my domain dns settings (registrar : ovh) the subdomain is create and set on the server IP

    On the top domain:
    - Adress IP = *
    - domain =
    - Auto sub-domain = none

    On the top domain:
    - Adress IP = *
    - domain =
    - Auto sub-domain = none

    What wrong ?
  2. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    I'm not sure you're going about using a subdomain the right way, i think....

    Use DNS setting to point to your server

    Use the Sites tab, Subdomain for website, Add new subdomain to make the subdomain.
  3. mike_p

    mike_p Member

    From my understanding of the OPs post, there is a misunderstanding over what the subdomain should achieve.

    What actually happens is that creating a subdomain merely points the subdomain at the main site.

    What the OP wants is to have a subdomain have its own webspace.

    In that case anares should use "Add new website" instead of "Add new subdomain" and set the domain name to
  4. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    Then I may need a little clarification. Do I not achieve the same result when adding a new site to set 'auto subdomain' to * ?

    Maybe it's used to send to a completely different site but appear to be a subdomain of the original
  5. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Mikep explained it in #3. If a subdomain shall point to a existing site, use the subdomain function. If the subdomain shall have its own webspace, create a new website for it instead.

    The auto subdomain is just a automatically created alias. It works the same as when you create a subdomain manually. See the vhost files for details.
  6. anares

    anares New Member

    That's exactly what I have done, my problem is the subdomain only goes to the top domain. In can't have an http access on, but only on
  7. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Remove the subdomain and add a new website for it instead.
  8. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    I'm still not sure I have this sorted then.

    My test domain: works fine

    I go to add subdomain:

    host: testing
    redirect: R
    redirect path:

    but the domain doesn't resolve.

    Have I missed something?
  9. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Have you added a dns A-record for in the DNS Server of the domain that points to the IP address of the website?
  10. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    I hadn't, but now I have.

    I added a cname record

    host: testing

    Target hostname:

    when i used the dig command, i get the following:
    ; <<>> DiG 9.5.1-P3 <<>>
    ;; global options:  printcmd
    ;; Got answer:
    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 64567
    ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 2, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0
    ;  IN      A
    ;; ANSWER SECTION: 43200 IN  CNAME   43200   IN      A       93.97.**.*
    ;; Query time: 310 msec
    ;; SERVER:
    ;; WHEN: Tue May 11 21:28:51 2010
    ;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 76
    Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I think i'm encountering the same questions as the OP I hope! I'll put this into a guide as usual when I have it sussed.
    Last edited: May 11, 2010
  11. anares

    anares New Member

    Maybe I'm not so clear ! Sorry for my English...
    I never use the subdomain function, always "add a new website"
  12. anares

    anares New Member

    I solve my problem ! It was a misconfiguration of ns records from the domain to the server ...
  13. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    And I have solved mine too!

    Patience is a virtue. Especially when it comes to DNS records.
  14. Toucan

    Toucan Member

    There is one more question on this topic...

    when the redirect is given in the subdomain, what are the use of the flags? I thought they were used url rewrites but no matter which one I apply, the new domain name appears in the browser.
  15. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

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