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Byte.com: Configuring Simple Domain Name Services

Oct 25, 1999, 15:13 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Orbaker)

"We all know what DNS (the Domain Naming System) does. It's the huge, structured global dictionary that lets us use easy-to-remember names like: www.microsoft.com while the network uses 207.46.130.150. While DNS is prevalent on the Internet, it can also be used by networks that never connect to the Internet."

"Last week, my office decided to bring our DNS in-house. This change meant our computers, rather than our ISP's computers, handled this task. It seemed like a simple enough task. Just start 'named' and edit some configuration files, right? Well, actually, it is. But find the documentation that you need! The DNS HOWTO was very helpful, but not enough. The BIND documentation? Same. Either I'm really dense (which is a distinct possibility), or configuring DNS is not well documented. About two hours into the project, I got a little miffed and began hunting online bookstores for DNS. Remarkably, I only got two matches. One was the O'Reilly book: DNS and BIND (see references). A few short calls to local bookstores and a 15-minute drive later, I had a copy. Don't try BIND without it."

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