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The domain I'm having issues with is Here's what happens when I attempt to resolve the root domain and a subdomain:

Server:  UnKnown


Server:  UnKnown

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My DNS rules are:

* A
www A

I'm not especially experienced with this but I use identical rules on another domain and they work fine. I can also nslookup another domain (not set as a DNS rule) and get the same result as www.

Is there anything I need to add in order to get to resolve to the same IP or is this an issue with my registrar (who handle DNS records for both domains)?

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@ A

Your * covers every subdomain of the root, but not the root itself.

What's your DNS server, by the way? If it was bind, you'd need an IN in there..

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So @ handles requests to the root part? I don't actually host my own DNS, it's hosted by my domain registrar (although I'm now considering it so I can learn more about this). – Ross Sep 14 '11 at 18:40
@ is an alias for the zone. Your zone is the top level of your domain so when you put @ it reference the zone. – Alo Sep 14 '11 at 22:25

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