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DNS & Bind Cookbook [Paperback]

Cricket Liu
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Oct. 13 2002 0596004109 978-0596004101 1

The DNS & BIND Cookbook presents solutions to the many problems faced by network administrators responsible for a name server. Following O'Reilly's popular problem-and-solution cookbook format, this title is an indispensable companion to DNS & BIND, 4th Edition, the definitive guide to the critical task of name server administration. The cookbook contains dozens of code recipes showing solutions to everyday problems, ranging from simple questions, like, "How do I get BIND?" to more advanced topics like providing name service for IPv6 addresses. It's full of BIND configuration files that you can adapt to your sites requirements.With the wide range of recipes in this book, you'll be able to

  • Check whether a name is registered
  • Register your domain name and name servers
  • Create zone files for your domains
  • Protect your name server from abuse
  • Set up back-up mail servers and virtual email addresses
  • Delegate subdomains and check delegation
  • Use incremental transfer
  • Secure zone transfers
  • Restrict which queries a server will answer
  • Upgrade to BIND 9 from earlier version
  • Perform logging and troubleshooting
  • Use IPv6
and much more.These recipes encompass all the day-to-day tasks you're faced with when managing a name server, and many other tasks you'll face as your site grows. Written by Cricket Liu, a noted authority on DNS, and the author of the bestselling DNS & BIND and DNS on Windows 2000, the DNS & BIND Cookbook belongs in every system or network administrator's library.

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"I really tried hard to think of something the book should cover that was not already in between the covers, and other than really esoteric stuff, I failed. This is a book for novice and expert alike, and really does make an essential desktop reference for all those creating, modifying or supporting zone files." Raza Rizvi, news@UK "Verdict - Not quite everything there is to know about running BIND, but pretty close - 9/10" - Chris Denton, Linuxformat, March 2003 The book is slim, handy and so full of excellent advice that within a day of my picking it up I had (using the information in it) upgraded a number of BIND servers from v8 to v9 with almost no outage, implementing the new ?rndc? application in the process. I had also implemented dynamically updating sub-domains for containing SVR records for my employer?s new Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain. Not a bad advert for an extremely useful book!? ? Steven-Ashley Woltering, Ping Dec/Jan

About the Author

Cricket Liu matriculated at the University of California's Berkeley campus, that great bastion of free speech, unencumbered Unix, and cheap pizza. He joined Hewlett-Packard after graduation and worked for HP for nine years. Cricket began managing the hp.com zone after the Loma Prieta earthquake forcibly transferred the zone's management from HP Labs to HP's Corporate Offices (by cracking a sprinkler main and flooding Labs' computer room). Cricket was hostmaster@hp.com for over three years, and then joined HP's Professional Services Organization to cofound HP's Internet Consulting Program. Cricket left HP in 1997 to form Acme Byte & Wire, a DNS consulting and training company, with his friend (and now co-author) Matt Larson. Network Solutions acquired Acme in June 2000, and later the same day merged with VeriSign. Cricket worked for a year as Director of DNS Product Management for VeriSign Global Registry Services. Cricket joined Men & Mice, an Icelandic company specializing in DNS software and services, in September, 2001. He is currently their Vice President, Research & Development. Cricket, his wife, Paige, and their son, Walt, live in Colorado with two Siberian Huskies, Annie and Dakota. On warm weekend afternoons, you'll probably find them on the flying trapeze or wakeboarding behind Betty Blue.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful companion to the BIND book Oct. 30 2002
Format:Paperback
Like the BIND book, the DNS and BIND cookbook is an invaluable reference for any DNS/Email/Web admin. This book answers many of the questions raised in the BIND book through numerous illuminating illustrations. It explains the differences between BIND 4, 8 and 9. Plus there's a great section on email and even IPv6
The DNS & BIND cook book coupled with the BIND book are truly the BIND bibles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A NICE PROBLEM-SOLVING ORIENTATION Feb. 9 2003
Format:Paperback
"DNS & BIND Cookbook" is a problem-solving text, which Network Administrators will be glad to read. It displayed utmost rationality in its simple and concise way of dealing with most problems, which arise from Domain Name Systems. It also exposed all the factors, which are likely to escalate Berkeley Internet Name Domain problems, before providing their remedies in a clear sequential order.
Net Administrators (as well as voracious users of any of the major Operating Systems) would appreciate the inclusion of an easy-to-digest chapter on Internet Protocol version 6, (IPv6). This book clearly made the mark!
Apart from the rather summarized information, which I noticed on two of its chapters, (i.e.: 'Create Zone Files For Your Domains' and 'Use Increment Transfer'), there is nothing that I will hold against this book. Cricket Liu did a very good job in writing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'MUST HAVE' for new DNS Administrators March 28 2003
Format:Paperback
This book has turned out to be the best investment I've made so far in my 20 year IT career. I've always trusted O'Reilly books for their detailed accuracy. However, for the task at hand, I didn't need a book to explain WHY things work... I needed one to tell me how to GET them to work. This book was perfect! It doesn't replace the DNS and BIND, 4th Edition, but is a great compliment... Actually, I'm finding the 4th Edition a perfect compliment to the Cookbook.
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By DashNY
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I saw it had the "Upgrading to BIND9" chapter. However I found very little information on how zone files are different in the new version or what advantages BIND9 offeres over its predecessors.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'MUST HAVE' for new DNS Administrators March 28 2003
By "dedetmer" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has turned out to be the best investment I've made so far in my 20 year IT career. I've always trusted O'Reilly books for their detailed accuracy. However, for the task at hand, I didn't need a book to explain WHY things work... I needed one to tell me how to GET them to work. This book was perfect! It doesn't replace the DNS and BIND, 4th Edition, but is a great compliment... Actually, I'm finding the 4th Edition a perfect compliment to the Cookbook.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful companion to the BIND book Oct. 30 2002
By Andrew P. Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like the BIND book, the DNS and BIND cookbook is an invaluable reference for any DNS/Email/Web admin. This book answers many of the questions raised in the BIND book through numerous illuminating illustrations. It explains the differences between BIND 4, 8 and 9. Plus there's a great section on email and even IPv6
The DNS & BIND cook book coupled with the BIND book are truly the BIND bibles.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic bullet for quick DNS fixes/receipies May 13 2005
By Ubiquitous Geebles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you need to understand the difference between BIND 9 or Windows AD DNS and BIND 8, this is not the book for you. But if your management decides to tell you about the imporant new product launch on 20 servers in a new domain they just bought and kept under wraps to stun the competition which they need implemented in some novel way that requires a DNS twist, THIS will save you.

It will also save you if you are really a Windows admin, but you need to configure something in BIND. Or if you need to do something in BIND that you haven't done before.

Or if you don't care WHY you have to do task X, Y and then Z to get the desired result, but you need to know HOW? This is your book.

The WHY is in the BIND book from O'Reilly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NICE PROBLEM-SOLVING ORIENTATION Feb. 9 2003
By reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"DNS & BIND Cookbook" is a problem-solving text, which Network Administrators will be glad to read. It displayed utmost rationality in its simple and concise way of dealing with most problems, which arise from Domain Name Systems. It also exposed all the factors, which are likely to escalate Berkeley Internet Name Domain problems, before providing their remedies in a clear sequential order.
Net Administrators (as well as voracious users of any of the major Operating Systems) would appreciate the inclusion of an easy-to-digest chapter on Internet Protocol version 6, (IPv6). This book clearly made the mark!
Apart from the rather summarized information, which I noticed on two of its chapters, (i.e.: 'Create Zone Files For Your Domains' and 'Use Increment Transfer'), there is nothing that I will hold against this book. Cricket Liu did a very good job in writing it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Oct. 23 2006
By HugeStakkaBoFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I can't think of anything negative to say about this book. It's certainly not an outright replacement for its bigger cousin "DNS & BIND", but it is clearly written and well-organized; an excellent "how-to" resource to get you up and running quickly with a minimum of fuss and background theory. I'd like to see an updated version which covers DNS-SD in the near future.
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