the nameserver is authoritative on my network only for now. I am transferring my domain to a DNS service today where I can register my nameservers. My external zone file Code: @ IN SOA ns1.thefractalfarm.net. lance.thefractalfarm.net. ( 20050812 ; serial 3H 3H 1W 1D ) NS ns1.thefractalfarm.net. MX 10 mail.thefractalfarm.net. localhost A 127.0.0.1 server1 A 192.168.2.3 ; master server also contains ISPConf ns1 CNAME server1 ;master nameserver www CNAME server1 ;thefractalfarm.net ftp CNAME server1 ;thefractalfarm.net mail CNAME server1 ; thefractalfarm.net primary As you can see server1 is the host name tied to 192.168.2.3, since they are the same machine I have ns1 with the CNAME server1. Near as I can tell this should be correct. Right now any internet records for thefractalfarm.net are tied to my current host untill the transfer goes through. ISPConf worked before I did the reload (because I hosed the /etc files and spread them to the wind, oops). Maybe now that the DNS records are in there it may be a good idea to reload ISPConf, what do you think?