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This one will be a dummy and a newbie question. I searched on the internet and maybe i looked around for the wrong things. Here is my case: My friend gave me a domain name( and a nameserver( and a VPS. The he wanted me to work out with these. I need to connect the dots and configure the VPS to resolve the domain name.

I've installed apache and with the ip address of the server, i can see the test page but i couldn't achieve to see it via domain name.

I go through some of the tutorials about bind. (e.g: However none of them worked out.

I would be very grateful, if you can give me some hints or a reference for a kickstart.

As i mentioned first, this is probably a very dummy question from a newbie, sorry for that. Thanks

p.s-1: The system is a CentOS p.s-2: I also check out How do you add a domain name to a VPS? however i don't have any access to a DNS manager. Is there a way to prove or disprove that DNS manager configuration is OK?

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Re: ps-2, you can run dig +short on your server. If you don't get any response, then your DNS is not set up. – Matthew Scharley Nov 1 '11 at 1:56
Yeap I don't get any response. Then what should i do? :( – small_ticket Nov 1 '11 at 2:15
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however i don't have any access to a DNS manager

Ask the DNS provider to point the domain to your server's IP address.

Is there a way to prove or disprove that DNS manager configuration is OK?

If it is OK, use some DNS lookup utilities to check to make sure that your domain can resolve to the right IP address, for e.g:

$ nslookup

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To get the right response from nslookup, don't i need to make any configuration on server(specifically on bind)? My friend is in touch with the DNS provider and he says that he points the nameserver to our server's ip address therefore he claims that i should configure bind to resolve that nameserver and domain name. Is this statement wrong? – small_ticket Nov 1 '11 at 7:56
Now I have access to DNS provider. I entered A Host(@) Points to "My.ip" is that correct? Do i need to modifiy other fields or do i have to wait 2 to 48 hours for my modification to become active? – small_ticket Nov 1 '11 at 8:47
Okey i resolved my problem. I used ns of the DNS provider and point my domain to server's ip address. Thanks a lot – small_ticket Nov 1 '11 at 23:12

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