How To Install PowerDNS on CentOS 6

r00t April 6, 2015

Install PowerDNS on CentOS 6

For those of you who didn’t know, PowerDNS is a MySQL-based DNS server, written in C++ and licensed under the GPL. PowerDNS can be managed through a web interface (PowerAdmin). Unlike Bind, PowerDNS can be setup using a multitude of backends such as Bind Zone Files, or various Databases.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you through the step by step installation PowerDNS on CentOS 6.

Step 1. First, you need to enable EPEL repository on your system.

Step 2. Install MySQL.

Enable MySQL on boot and start MySQL server:

Step 3. Configuring MySQL.

By default, MySQL is not hardened. You can secure MySQL using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MySQL.

Step 4. Create PowerDNS Database and User in MySQL.

Login as a MySQL root and create a new database and tables:

Step 5. Install PowerDNS.

Enable PowerDNS on boot and start PowerDNS server:

Step 6. Configure PowerDNS.

Open the /etc/pdns/pdns.conf file and add the following lines:

Finally, restart the Power DNS service:

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed PowerDNS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing PowerDNS on CentOS 6 system.

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