In the early days of the net it was quite common for people to do this: if memory serves, rahul.net would be dns2 to Northwest Nexus’ halycon.com and vice versa. It would be wonderful if Virtualmin 7 or a future version of Webmin / Cloudmin cloud include a feature which offers to host secondary DNS, in order to facilitate easier on-boarding of first-time and novice users and also offer a level of redundancy to lay users.
#FeatureRequest@Ilia. Could the project offer a free secondary DNS as a service to all users?
Back to you, @toofastdad: if you could spin up a new virtual server of modest configuration and install just Webmin on it, that could serve as a secondary DNS for your existing Virtualmin server. If not, then the newer versions of Virtualmin support Route 53, Amazon’s excellent (but perhaps expensive) DNS as a service. It will cost at least USD 0.5 per domain per month so it can become quite expensive if you have many domains. OTOH, it is also be quite cheap if you have one domain with lots of sub-domains, like I do with indiax.com. AWS charges me less than USD 2 per month for over 200 sub-domains and a few million DNS lookups a month.
Finally, I will walk the talk and offer to work with you to host your secondary DNS on one of my Virtualmin servers if you have the time and inclination to experiment.
I’m not an admin, but I have set my server up about three years ago and have my central server and five sub servers that I host for a couple of friends and a charitable foundation. I wasn’t expecting my hosting company to decommission their DNS service — I need it like a hole in my head. So I need to point my domains somewhere and do not have the know-how. So if you can help me in any way, I would be grateful.
I want to install a slave server as recommended but am unsure how to do it and add Webmin as a secondary server. I looked through the documentation sent by @Ilia, but I don’t feel confident in the process.
If we could start by working on one of the sites to see if it works, I’m up for the challenge. FYI I’m in the AST time zone.
Thanks for your input, it is appreciated. I will look into these options. Since my posting, my hosting company as of this morning have offered to help me with my DNS. I will let you know what they do and if it is an optimal solution. I will definitely explore setting up my own DNS on a slave.