Adding slave DNS servers for Plesk

There is a nice and simple extension for Plesk that allows you to setup slave DNS zones from Plesk domains automatically.

If your adding this to an existing server though its a little hit and miss if it will add existing domains. The instructions say you can do this via ‘Apply DNS template’ but this did not work for me. Adding new domains worked fine though.

I ended up writing this script and it worked great.
/usr/sbin/rndc -c /usr/local/psa/var/modules/slave-dns-manager/slave_*SLAVEIP*>.conf addzone $1 '{ type slave; file "db.'$1'"; masters { *MASTERIP*; }; };'

Replace *MASTERIP* and *SLAVEIP* with your own server IPs.

Usage from the command line is just needs a the DNS your setting up the slave with as the parameter

Taking it further there was a few hundred domains which didnt seem fun to type in one at a time so I used this script to loop over all the domains and add each one.


ADMIN_PASS=`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow`
MYSQL_BIN_D=`grep MYSQL_BIN_D /etc/psa/psa.conf | awk ‘{print $2}’`
mysql=”${MYSQL_BIN_D}/mysql -N -uadmin -p${ADMIN_PASS} psa”

query=”select name from domains;”
domains=`echo $query | $mysql `

for i in ${domains}; do
./ $i

from which was linked in the comments.