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I was previously paying for a VPS but have decided to setup a home server instead to save money.

I have a static ip address and have registered a domain name

I am running CentOS and have BIND running (I setup a Virtual Host for using VirtualMin, which also setup all the BIND nameserver entries for me).

The bit I am confused about is how to point my domain to my home server. In my domain management section I can change the nameservers but don't seem to have access to any DNS configuration such as A records. What do I put into the nameserver entry?

When I was using the VPS they gave me the ns1 and ns2 entries, now I am running my own server I am a little confused.

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Have you tried putting your static IP? – terdon Dec 4 '12 at 11:50
I thought about that but read somewhere that it has to be a name not an IP. I will try it anyway. – jax Dec 4 '12 at 11:53
I just tried it, the web interface told me that an error has occurred and would not let me change it to an IP address. – jax Dec 4 '12 at 11:54
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Your domain name provider should also have nameservers available for you to use.

The details will vary with provider, but essentially are:

  1. Change the NameServers to "use our nameservers"
  2. Wait (typically this step takes between 1 - 24 hours
  3. Select "Change DNS settings" (or equivalent)

You should now have the ability to set your A and CNAME records, and will be able to add your static IP address.

Unfortunately, without knowing your specific provider, I can't provide more specific steps.

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I am using iPage – jax Dec 4 '12 at 11:56
According to I can change the DNS records. Unfortunately, I don't have the DNS option when I login...Maybe that is because I am currently pointing to my VPS nameservers – jax Dec 4 '12 at 11:58
I updated to use their nameservers, there is still no DNS option. Maybe it will take 24 hours before it will display. Does that make any sense? – jax Dec 4 '12 at 12:00
PJC, if I am using their DNS Server, is there any reason for me to have BIND running on my home server? I plan on hosting more than one domain which will point to different virtual hosts. – jax Dec 4 '12 at 12:07
@jax If for all your domains you may use registrar servers, you don't need bind of your own. – Alex Dec 4 '12 at 13:11

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