Stack Setup

Setting up Poweradmin using lighttpd on Debian 6

This wiki entry will guide you through the process of setting up Poweradmin using lighttpd.

Poweradmin is a web-based frontend for managing PowerDNS.

You may find a guide for installing it here and a guide for setting up lighttpd here

This guide assumes you already have lighttpd up and running!

Initial steps

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade --force-yes

Installing needed packages:

apt-get install php5-mysql php-pear php5-mcrypt

Getting & Extracting poweradmin:

cd /var/www && wget && tar zxvf poweradmin-2.1.6.tgz
mv /var/www/poweradmin-2.1.6 /var/www/poweradmin

Next we change the permissions for the poweradmin-directory

chown www-data.www-data -R poweradmin

And finally we rename our poweradmin-config

cp /var/www/poweradmin/inc/ /var/www/poweradmin/inc/

Our next step is to browse to wwwhttp://our-server-ip/poweradmin/install

Installing poweradmin

Follow the on-screen installation process and enter the details you've previously used when setting up PowerDNS.

After successfully completing the installation, proceed to remove the installation-directory

rm -rf /var/www/poweradmin/install

Setting up zone-templates

Press "List zone templates" > Add Zone Templates > Enter name and description. You should get the following message

Zone template has been added successfully.

Proceed to edit the template and add the following records

[ZONE] SOA [SERIAL] 10800 3600 604800 600
[ZONE] A 600
www.[ZONE] A 600
[ZONE] NS 86400
[ZONE] NS 86400

Using zone-templates & master-zones

You may use the template for any new domain you wish to host, just select the template you just created.

Try creating a new master-zone using the template we created, and do not forget to add A-records for Updating slaves to use a supermaster:

On your slaves you should issue the following commands to make sure that your slaves are replicating the domain(s) you have selected.

mysql -u -root -p
use powerdns;
insert into supermasters values ('', '', 'admin');

Once this is done you should see your slaves starting to replicate the master-zones you have created!

Additional testing

Once you have successfully restarted everything, created a master-zone and changed the nameservers for your domain to yours you may try it out.

Using this convenient site we can test if and how our nameservers reply correctly

Enter your domainname, your nameservers and check that it is answering queries as it should (DNSSEC/IPv6 etc)