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I am really trying to get my home web server up and I don't seem to be succeeding. My web server withing my host system is running my web application and is viewable at the current isp ip over WAN indicating that the webapp is fine and that router ports are forwarded.

I have set up a DNS on this system with a single name server in the network and I manage to ping it with ping I have registered this private name server at my current hosting provider. My domain ( is obviously registered and I have pointed it to my name server. My question here is if it is simply a matter of waiting on propagation for me to be able to ping my domain? Another way of asking this is if the fact that my name server is discoverable indicates that I have set it up correctly to be used?

I have tested with dig and dig -x on my host and have A records for the name server. The server is not the Authorative server so I am concerned that this may be the reason why my site is not discoverable. Is there anything else I may need to so still? I only have one ns. currently, but should this succeed I will be purchasing a more stable secondary system to host my development applications. This is my best chance at getting work (freelance development) due to illness) and this I feel is the last step I need to succeed.

Please note that this is temporarily a home server and I will most likely be using it as part of a professional setup very soon I will likely have to repeat this question therefore in a prefessional context in a few weeks as nothing will be different other than the fact that I am going to have a server running elsewhere.

I am using bind9 and Ubuntu 12.10 and my records are:

@ IN SOA email. (
);            IN      A
@            IN      NS        ns.thejarbar,org.
yuccalaptop  IN      A
ns           IN      A          
gw           IN      A          
www          IN      CNAME      

$TTL 3D IN SOA email. (
);       IN      NS

42   IN      PTR
19   IN      PTR
138   IN      PTR

My localhost IP is I wish for this to be my host and name server.

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Sure I will update the question and thank you. My domain is – thejartender Nov 14 '12 at 12:27
I must warn you, though, that home systems are explicitly, line one, bold text, off-topic for SF, and your question may get closed as a result. I would have voted to close it myself if not for the fact that it's well-written and you've clearly put some thought into your diagnostics before posting. That still (sadly) doesn't make it an on-topic question. – MadHatter Nov 14 '12 at 12:30
Thank you again I updated my question. I mentioned this as a home server purely because it is at home. It will be used professionally within weeks though. I updated my question, but I notice a relevant answer that has been posted my be my solution. :) – thejartender Nov 14 '12 at 12:46
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OK, the whois confirms that the listed nameserver for is, as you had said, but there doesn't appear to be any nameserver running on that host, or at least there isn't one that's prepared to accept queries for your domain:

[madhatta@risby ~]$ dig @

; <<>> DiG 9.8.4-RedHat-9.8.4-2.fc16 <<>> @
;; global options: +cmd
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

Until you fix that, nothing's going to work, because your domain DNS is inoperative.

Edit: OK, I see you fixed the DNS; well done!

[madhatta@risby gatekeeper-technology]$ dig @
;; ANSWER SECTION:      259200  IN  A

That's not going to help anyone outside, because that's an unroutable RFC1918 address. You need to serve as your A record if you want external people to be able to access this site. Note that that will very likely stop access working on your internal network; the solution to that is split-horizon DNS, so that outside your network people get the public address, and inside people get the private one. Configuring your BIND to do split-horizon DNS is not something that can be easily answered here, but there are a lot of tutorials out there if you google.

Edit 2: you're still propagating private IP addresses, one of them being for your nameserver:

[madhatta@risby scratch]$ dig @
;; ANSWER SECTION:      10800   IN  A
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:      10800   IN  NS

Note that bottom line. This will not make the DNS work well, since it poisons everyone's cache each time they look up your site.

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Thank you so much – thejartender Nov 14 '12 at 17:24
I did as suggested, using my ISP IP as my A record value. It does not seem to work. Is this because I set a TTL value of 3D meaning I must wait 3 days for a refresh of my SOA across all zones? If so I must be a little more lenient with these values while testing. How do I map my ISP IP in reverse? Is this tool ( credible. You have aided me greatly in that I have confidence that I can request a static IP and purchase an additional server for hosting my production applications :) – thejartender Nov 15 '12 at 8:59
Hatter Thank you. I thought you meant only the domain A record and thus ignored the nameserver – thejartender Nov 17 '12 at 16:36

You need to port forward UDP/TCP port 53 to your name server in order for it to recieve and answer DNS queries for your domain.

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Glad to help... – joeqwerty Nov 15 '12 at 17:18

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