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I currently have a domain, call it, hosted on Dreamhost, and also a Linode VPS. The Linode lives in a subdomain of the Dreamhost domain, What I want is to configure reverse DNS so that it will report itself as being at

What I don't know is how to accomplish this. I don't understand DNS very well, and while Linode seems to have facilities for managing a DNS slave zone, I'm worried about screwing up the DNS on Dreamhost. I still want the domain registered there for unrelated reasons.

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Why do you need to change the reverse DNS? The only reason I can think is for vanity – Smudge Jun 8 '11 at 17:52
@samarudge - there are many legit reasons to create PTR records, especially if this server sends mail. In addition to that, though, they're very handy for organizational/record keeping purposes when more than a handful of hosts are involved and you don't want to (or can't) memorize the IP-to-name mappings for your whole server fleet. – EEAA Jun 8 '11 at 18:00
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Go to the Member’s Overview page and click on Reverse DNS Configuration Manager (look near the “Network Information” button — there is a link to it).

Just make sure a corresponding A record exists for the PTR record (i.e. make sure you have an A record for first).

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In your Linode manager, click on the Linode you wish to edit the rDNS for,

Click on Remote Access tab (Under the "Linodes Node Balancers" menu, to the right of "Dashboard".

A list of your Public IPs will display, and select "Reverse DNS".

On this page, you will see a text box asking for hostname, here you would place ""

Hit "Look up" and it will check that points to your Linode's IP address, if it does they will set that domain for your rDNS. It may take 1-24 hours for the rDNS to update across everyone's ISP.

You do not need to worry about this conflicting with Dreamhost's DNS management. The IP is handled by Linode, which rDNS technically has nothing to do with your actual domain.

Edit: Oops, I didn't notice you selected an answer already. My bad!

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You will not mess up the Dreamhost DNS by setting a PTR record for your linode. Your forward zone for and the reverse zone for your IP address are two completely separate things, hosted on different systems, and in this case, have no interaction with each other.

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