How to use Bind DNS?

All I have done for bind dns is here:

but when I ping it doesn’t reply :frowning:

How can I fix this?

I dont mean to overstep anyone’s level of knowledge, so please accept that some of what i right below may be below your current level of knowledge. However, for the sake of other newbies who may not be sure about this, and since you are asking this question…

I am going to present my own relative newbie experience and expertise in many hundreds of hours of heartache and success running my own vps with virtualmin/ispconfig/vestacp/ispmanager over the last year or so…virtualmin being my preferred CP.

Are you sure you want to use “your own” nameservers?

you dont actually need to unless you intend hosting other peoples websites on your server or lots of your own websites. running your own dns nameservers leaves you open to the responsibility of handling ddos attacks on your nameserver. Personally, i leave that to the registrar where possible.

A lot of registrars provide free dns hosting for domains (if yours doesnt, change registrar to one who does).

All you need to do when not using your own nameservers, is

  1. install virtualmin on server,

  2. get the server external ip address,

  3. go to your domain registrar and add the records shown in Virtualmin>Server Configuration>Suggested DNS Records to your registrar zone file.

  4. Get your server provider to setup PTR records for you (this is the company that own the dedicated server/vps)

there is nothing else you need to do, other than wait for them to propogate across the internet…usually within a very short period of time, or at least shouldnt take more than an hour or 2.

Seems to be working?

dig +short @


ping -c3 PING ( 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=47 time=120 ms 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=47 time=125 ms 64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=47 time=123 ms ping statistics —
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2001ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 120.365/123.160/125.151/2.055 ms

Yeah I agree with jafinn, I seem to be able to ping it as well; additionally, when using this DNS checker here:

It’s seeing your nameservers, and able to do DNS lookups.

If you’re still having problems, are you by chance behind a NAT router, and on the same LAN as your server?