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The cPanel DNSONLY software allows you to run a dedicated physical nameserver. It is the simplest version of cPanel & WHM, and only replicates DNS zones to your other servers.

The cPanel DNSONLY software does not require a license. To install DNSONLY, follow the instructions in our Installation Guide documentation.

Access cPanel DNSONLY

To access the cPanel DNSONLY interface, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to https://IP:2087 in your preferred Internet browser.
    • In this address, IP retresents your server’s IP address.
    • If you have a domain name that resolves to the server, you may use it in place of the IP address.
  2. Enter root in the Username text box.
  3. Enter your password in the Password text box.
  4. Click Log in.

The cPanel DNSONLY Home interface

You can access the following interfaces from the cPanel DNSONLY Home interface:

Section nameInterfacesDescription
Server ConfigurationBasic cPanel & WHM Setup When you access cPanel DNSONLY for the first time, the Initial Setup Wizard interface helps you configure cPanel DNSONLY. Use this interface to change those options.
Security Center

cPHulk Brute Force Protection

Brute force is an attack (hacking) method in which an automated system attempts to guess the password to your web server or services. cPHulk helps defend your server against such attacks. The cPHulk Brute Force Protection interface allows you to configure cPHulk.

Host Access Control

This interface allows you to deny access to services by IP address.

Manage root's SSH Keys

This interface allows you to manage your server's SSH keys and add or import new SSH keys to your server.

SSH Password Authorization Tweak

This interface allows you to to disable the use of passwords for SSH authentication.
Server ContactsContact Manager This interface defines how cPanel & WHM sends alert notifications for server and account events.
Edit System Mail Preferences This interface allows you to define how your server handles mail for the system mail addresses. The system mail addresses are root, nobody, and cPanel.
Service ConfigurationManage Service SSL Certificates

This interface allows you to manage the SSL certificates for the services that are on your server.


cPanel, Inc. does not offer free cPanel-signed hostname certificates for cPanel DNSONLY servers.

Nameserver Selection This interface allows you to select BIND or MyDNS as your nameserver software or to disable the nameserver. We recommend that you do not start your nameservers unless you plan to use them.
Service Manager This interface allows you to select which daemons to enable and which of the enabled daemons to monitor.

DNS Cluster

This interface allows you to configure a DNS cluster.

A DNS cluster is a number of nameservers that share records. DNS clusters allow you to physically separate your nameservers so that if your web server is unreachable, you still have DNS functionality. This feature allows visitors to reach websites on your server more quickly after the web server comes back online.

Remote Access Key

This interface allows you to generate a remote access key. Use this access key for automatic account creation scripts, external billing software, and to allow servers in your DNS cluster to exchange records.
DNS Functions

Synchronize DNS Records

This interface allows you to reconcile differences in zone files between servers in a DNS cluster.

Use this interface if some servers in your DNS cluster give outdated responses to DNS queries. This interface includes features to compare zone files among servers, recognize which are the most up-to-date, and update the servers in the DNS cluster.

IP Functions

Add a New IP Address

This interface allows you to add an IP address to your IP address pool.

Configure Remote Service IPs

This interface allows you to specify remote mail server and remote nameserver IP addresses.

Show or Delete Current IP Addresses

This interface allows you to view or delete the IP addresses that are bound to your server.


You can not delete an IP address that is in use.


Change Log

To view the change log, click Change Log.



Manage Plugins To manage plugins that are on your server, click Manage Plugins.
Upgrade to Latest Version To upgrade your server to the latest version, click Upgrade to Latest Version.
Restart Services


To restart the DNS server service, click DNS Server (BIND/MyDNS).

SQL Server (MySQL)

To restart the SQL (MySQL) server service, click SQL Server (MySQL).

SSH Server (OpenSSH)

To restart the SSH server service, click SSH Server (OpenSSH).