server name vs. host name

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by mcardo, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. mcardo

    mcardo New Member

    Under ISPConfig management > server > settings What is the difference between server name and host name and how does changing either one affect my server? I didn't want to dig into a DNS book to find out, if the answer is complicated, let me know, then I'll dig into the DNS book at Barn3s and Nobl3

    This question arises because by default ISPConfig uses your server name as your host name (e.g. server1), and the default MX record becomes "" but I created an A record "mail" and changed the MX record to Am I ignoring something here?

    Thank You!
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2008
  2. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer


    Hostname: server1
  3. _X_

    _X_ New Member

    what are the problems if this is set like:

    Hostname: www
  4. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    There are no problems. Why should there be any problems?
  5. _X_

    _X_ New Member

    just asking :)
  6. happz

    happz Member

    i think he is asking...

    Till, i think he is asking if when we create the perfect server and give the server the name example: should we also when installing ispconfig and the question comes during installation about the host name and domain name should we use the same as the names we gave the server?...i think that is what he is asking... :D
  7. tmdg

    tmdg New Member

    I've always found you need to be a bit careful how you configure MX records. May be Postfix of configuration built by ISPConfig don't suffer the problem but I did experience it several times with sendmail.

    If your real FQDN is say and is is the mail host for the domains
    somedomain.tdl and anotherdomain.tld then the MX records need to look like this.
              MX      10
    if you were to have say
              MX      10   mail.somedomain.tld.
    You may get the problem of :-
    (mail for mail.somedomain.tld loops back to myself)

  8. mcardo

    mcardo New Member

    Even having an "A record" "mail" to ip "server ip"?


    host: mail
    to ip:
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2008

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