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DNS and BIND [Paperback]

Paul Albitz , Cricket Liu

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Oct. 11 1992 1565920104 978-1565920101 1

Here's a complete guide to the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) and the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) software, the UNIX implementation of DNS. DNS is the system that translates hostnames into Internet addresses. Until BIND was developed, name translation was based on a "host table"--if you were on the Internet, you got a table that listed all the systems connected to the Net and their addresses. As the Internet grew, host tables became unworkable. DNS is a distributed database that solves the same problem effectively, allowing the Net to grow without constraints. Rather than having a central table that gets distributed to every system on the Net, it allows local administrators to assign their own hostnames and addresses, and install these names in a local database. This database is automatically distributed to other systems as names are needed.

In addition to covering the basic motivation behind DNS, and how to set up the BIND software, this book covers many more advanced topics: how to become a "parent" (i.e., "delegate" the ability to assign names to someone else); how to use DNS to set up mail forwarding correctly; debugging and trouble-shooting; and programming. Assumes a basic knowledge of system administration and network management.

Contents include:

  • Background.
  • How DNS works.
  • Where to start.
  • Setting up BIND.
  • DNS and electronic mail.
  • Maintaining BIND.
  • Configuring hosts.
  • Planning a domain.
  • Parenting.
  • Nslookup.
  • Reading BIND debugging output.
  • Troubleshooting DNS and BIND.
  • Programming with the resolver library routines.

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This is the definitive book on the Domain Name System (DNS), the powerful scheme that facilitates the translation of English-like domain names (www.amazon.com) into computer-comprehensible Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (208.216.182.15). If you run a DNS server of any kind, particularly under Unix, you need to have this book on hand.

This book's early chapters give a view of DNS from high altitude, explaining basic concepts such as domains, name servers, and name resolution. From there, the authors proceed on a more practical tack, presenting specific instructions for setting up your own domain and DNS server using BIND. The authors then tell you what to do as your domain grows and you need to add more machines, subdomains, and greater throughput capacity. They also talk a lot about nslookup and C programming with the various DNS and BIND libraries. Administrators will find the chapter on BIND debugging output particularly helpful. Here, the authors translate BIND's mysterious error messages and offer specific strategies for fixing and optimizing the program. This edition covers BIND 8.1.2, but pays lots of attention to older versions that are still in wide use (4.8.3 and 4.9). The authors are careful to note differences among the versions. --David Wall --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Paul Albitz is a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, and a Master of Science degree from Purdue University.

Paul worked on BIND for the HP-UX 7.0 and 8.0 releases. During this time he developed the tools used to run the hp.com domain. Since then Paul has worked on various HP products during his 19 year career: HP JetDirect software, HP OfficeJet fax firmware, HPPhoto web site, and HP Photosmart Premier software.

Paul and his wife Katherine live in San Diego California with their two cats, Gracie and Tiffany.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  36 reviews
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, well-written, and accessible. Nov. 11 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm the DNS administrator at a mid-size Internet Service Provider, and because we are an ISP, a lot of our day-to-day operations rely on the proper implementation of DNS. After all, as I found out today, we do primary DNS for approximately 1800 domains (yikes). The combination of everyday experience with DNS and the wealth of information - both theoretical and practical - that I got from this book has done so much for my understanding of DNS and of the Internet as a whole. The book begins with the basics of building a nameserver, but I know that if I have a specific question, I can use it as a reference book as well. It's also written in a straightforward, accessible manner. The only constructive criticism I can offer is that I wish it had more information about managing many domains (not just subdomains). That's still not enough to lower my overall rating to four starts from five. If you have to get one book on DNS, get this one - it will more than suffice. I look forward to the next edition covering BIND 8.x. Excellent job, O'Reilly, Paul Albitz, and Cricket Liu!
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Transition To Bind 8 Painless! Feb. 25 2000
By Jon R. Kibler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Changing from a pre-8 version of BIND to version 8 of BIND is not as straightforward as previous upgrades have been. Then `named.boot' file is entirely different, among other changes. This book is great at identifying the required changes and assisting in making those changes.
DNS and BIND clarifies all the mysteries associated with BIND (named) and DNS. Easy to read. Covers every detail from getting and installing the latest BIND, to configuration and troubleshooting. Has a great chapter on nslookup and another that gives detailed explanations of just about every BIND related error message. The only thing they left out is info on configuring syslog to manipulate in a usable manner the BIND generated messages.
For some reason, DNS seems to be a mystery to so many sysadmins. If it were as simple as people often pretend it is (typical system admin person: "Oh, I already know everything about DNS that I need to know... so why read a book or take a course?"), then why do I see 15,000+ lame server messages and 250+ mail CNAME messages every month? These errors are only the result of DNS configuration errors!
Very few sysadmin people REALLY know as much about BIND and DNS as they should. If you are a sysadmin person, do yourself a favor and buy and read this book. If you are an IT manager, check your system administrator's book shelf. If this book is missing, then buy it for them and make them read it! (You should read it first, then develop some test questions to see if they really did read it!)
This BOOK MUST BE REQUIRED READING for EVERY system administrator on any type of system connected to the Internet. If everyone that administered an Internet site read this book, we could probably reduce the error traffic on the Internet by 50% or more!
This book also should be the basis of a required one-quarter undergraduate CS course at all schools that teach CS, CE, IT, or equivalent.
One of the best written of the O'Reilly books.
Jon R. Kibler, Systems Architect, Advanced Systems Engineering Technology, Inc.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Insight into DNS and BIND! Feb. 3 2000
By Denard D Springle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It doesn't matter if you're new to Linux/UNIX or if you've been using it for awhile, this book delves into the mysteries behind DNS and BIND and puts the right information in simple, easy to understand format at your fingertips! So easy to follow, I had my basic DNS up and running in a few hours and tweaked to maximum efficiency in a few days! If you're planning on setting up and running a DNS server or if you just need to run it for your internal network this book explains it all! Buy it now... you won't regret it! Kudos to Paul for such a wonderful peice of work!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DN what? March 9 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I honestly knew zip about DNS, and in my field, that was just fine, I didn't need to know, and there were people who took care of that sort of thing.
However, one of our recent projects 'required' me setup a Name Server. The admin who was 'supposed' to do it... couldn't!
Anyway, this book really explains in excellent terms not only DNS servers, but the incredible chain of how it all works. By chapter 4, I had Bind installed, two Name Servers up, and 15 virtual hosts configured on a linux box.
I cannot say enough good things about O'Reilly, they cover their bases really well.
Regardless of whether you're new to DNS, or you know it all, this book will expand your knowledge base. Many kudos to the writers on a job well done.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book for DNS admins June 21 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the classical O'Reilly books with which O'Reilly got it's status of "you need to have this book". With this book it was easy to set up a domain name server on linux in no time. It goes very deep into details of DNS and BIND, so that one can probably handle DNS whithout other books. The chapters of the book are: 1.) Background, 2.) How Does DNS Work?, 3.) Where Do I Start?, 4.) Setting Up BIND, 5.) DNS and Electronic Mail, 6.) Configuring Hosts, 7.) Maintaining BIND, 8.) Growing Your Domain, 9.) Parenting, 10.) Advanced Features and Security, 11.) nslookup, 12.) Reading BIND Debugging Output, 13.) Troubleshooting DNS and BIND, 14.) Programming with the Resolver and Name Server Library Routines, 15.) Miscellaneous and F Appendices.

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