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Setting Up DNS for Domain Names on Your Cloud Server Powered by Mac OS X

Pardon our dust. We’ve redesigned our DNS management system, and we’re in the process of releasing it to you. For a short time, you might see Total DNS Control in your Domain Manager, or you might see our new DNS Manager. The instructions below apply to Total DNS Control. For the new DNS Manager instructions, see

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By default, the Cloud Server powered by Mac OS® X is not configured to manage DNS. You can configure DNS, but it is not necessary to make your server work correctly. Instead, we recommend changing your domain name's A record and then pointing your MX record to the domain name.

Once you configure your domain properly, your website works (if you created one) and you can send email to and from that domain name. You need to modify the DNS for each domain name you intend to use with the server.

NOTE: Changes you make to your DNS take up to 48 hours to take effect.

Changing Your A Record

If you are creating a website for your domain name, the website won't work until you point the A record to the server IP address. Before changing the A record, locate the server IP address in the hosting Control Panel.

To Locate the Server IP

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. In the My Products section, select Servers.
  3. Click Launch Manager next to the server you want to manage.
  4. In the Account Summary section, locate your IP address.

To Change Your A Record

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Launch.
  3. Click the domain you want to modify.
  4. In the Total DNS section, click Total DNS Control.
  5. In the A (Host) area, locate the @ host.
  6. From the Actions column, click the pencil icon to modify the @ host.

    CAUTION: This step will bring down any site you are currently hosting and point it to your server.

  7. In the Points To Ip Address field, enter the IP for your server.
  8. Click OK twice.

Changing Your MX Record

The MX record controls the email for the domain. Once you create an A record that points to the server IP, you can change the priority 0 MX record to point to the domain with the modified the A record.

For example, if your domain is coolexample.com, and you already modified the A record, modify the priority 0 MX record to go to coolexample.com.

To Change Your MX Record

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Launch.
  3. Click the domain you want to modify.
  4. In the Total DNS section, click Total DNS Control.
  5. In the MX (Mail Exchange) area, in the Actions column, click the X for the priority 10 MX record.
  6. In the MX (Mail Exchange) area, in the Actions column, click the pencil icon for the priority 0 MX record.
  7. In the Enter Goes To Address field, enter the domain name you modified the A record for.
  8. Click OK twice.

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