Hosting my own DNS server. Quick questions

I will be hosting my own DNS server soon. I am hosting my own DNS server, because I have a webserver I host.  I also have an INTERNAL mail server. (for internal use. Just so people from the internet can email me "dissolved@dissolvedz.com and it will reach my mail server)

Things I have done:

1. Machine is fully patched. The ONLY thing running on it is DNS . (I killed dynamic updates, turned off recursion, and uninstalled any un-needed features).

2.  The DNS server has a static IP of 192.168.1.4. It's primary DNS (in it's TCP/IP properties) is pointing to itself  as 127.0.0.1

3. Port UDP 53 is open on my firewall


Now the questions:

1. I know I have to create a forward lookup zone. What should I call my zone? Does the name matter?

2. For entries in my forward lookup zone, I will need:
   -an A record pointing to my webserver
   -an A record pointing to my internal mail server
and that is it for the forward lookup zone right?

3. Will I need to configure a Reverse lookup zone? Does it matter.
Thanks!

dissolvedAsked:
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
>>1. I know I have to create a forward lookup zone. What should I call my zone? Does the name matter?

to be homest no - but to keep things simple use your registered domain name

>>an A record pointing to my webserver

correct and a host record for www that points to the same address is a good idea :)

>>an A record pointing to my internal mail server

OK but you will need an MX record as well

>>Will I need to configure a Reverse lookup zone? Does it matter.

Its a two second job to do but if you dont then democracy in the western world will be safe :)


Also having your DNS settings to the loopback address usually works but Ive seen it cause some bizarre problems, best to use the proper IP address of the server

Pete
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
>>OK but you will need an MX record as well

So I need an A record and an MX record for my mail server?

>>and a host record for www that points to the same address is a good idea

Do you mean I have to go to my DNS server,  RIGHT CLICK, and select NEW HOST RECORD. Then type www  for the host name. Then enter the IP address as my webserver?
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elbereth21Commented:
Yes, you will put an MX record, with a number representing priority before it (if you have more than one mail server), and an A record afterwards, with the IP of your machine.
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elbereth21Commented:
For example:$ORIGIN .
$TTL 38400      ; 10 hours 40 minutes
insula.it           IN SOA  dns.dissolved.com. support.dissolved.com. (
                                2004111003  ; serial
                                86400       ; refresh (1 day)
                                3600        ; retry (1 hour)
                                604800      ; expire (1 week)
                                86400       ; minimum (1 day)
                                )
                        NS      dns.dissolved.it.
                       
                        MX   10 mail.dissolved.com
                        MX   20 mail2.dissolved.com
                        TXT     "dissolved"

Do not forget to change "serial" if you edit the file manually.
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
ok, I am at my DNS server at my house now.
I added the following in my forward lookup zone:
-----------------------------------
Host record:

www.dissolvedz.com     68.34.76.5
------------------------------------

If I go from an outside machine and ping www.dissolvedz.com, it responds with the proper IP

So step 1 is complete. Now what else do I need to do? I have an internal webserver with an IP of 192.168.2.4 and an internal mail server with an IP of 192.168.2.11.

Thanks (confused and my brain is getting fried )
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
closing question. Will post again when I get more info. If anyone wants to chime in, please do so though.
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dissolvedAuthor Commented:
by the way, when I said " will post again when I get more info". I meant when I get more info about my setup. I didnt mean "when i get more responses."   Didnt want anyone getting the wrong idea.
Thanks guys
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ThanQ
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