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    Thursday, August 09, 2012

    How to configure BIND-9.2 DNS server in linux

    NOTE: Please take a copy of the original configuration file before making any changes to it.
    Using this method you will be able to configure your machine as master DNS server for forward and reverse lookups.

    Few things you need to check before starting with configuration:

    For explanation I am using (you need to give your machine's IP instead) and all other conventions will vary as per your scenario. So make sure to change them.
    # vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
    IPADDR= (will vary accordingly)
    # vi /etc/resolv.conf
    # vi /etc/hosts server.example.com server (make sure this line is present)
    # vi /etc/sysconfig/network
    you can use yum to install the binary packages. These are the packages you will be needing for the same
    # yum -y install bind
    # yum -y install caching-nameserver
    All the files required for the configuration of nameserver are installed in the below mentioned locatoion.These are the steps you need to follow
    you can verify the location of installed files using this command
    # rpm -ql bind
    So copy all the files to the new location i.e
    # cp /usr/share/doc/bind-9.3.3/sample/etc/*  /var/named/chroot/etc/
    # cp /usr/share/doc/bind-9.3.3/sample/var/named/*  /var/named/chroot/var/named/
    # cp /usr/share/doc/bind-9.3.3/sample/var/named/slaves/*  /var/named/chroot/var/named/slaves/
    # cp /etc/named.caching-nameserver  /var/named/chroot/etc/named.conf
    # cd /var/named/chroot/etc/

    Now edit the following files as mentioned below
    # vi named.conf (check the entries in the red lines)
    options {
         listen-on port 53 {; };
         listen-on-v6 port 53 { ::1; };
         directory "/var/named";
         dump-file "/var/named/data/cache_dump.db";
         statistics-file "/var/named/data/named_stats.txt";
         memstatistics-file "/var/named/data/named_mem_stats.txt";
         query-source port 53;
         query-source-v6 port 53;
         allow-query { localhost;;};
    logging {
         channel default_debug {
         file "data/named.run";
         severity dynamic;
    view localhost_resolver {
         match-clients { localhost;; };
         match-destinations { localhost;; };
         recursion yes;
         include "/etc/named.rfc1912.zones";
    } ;
    # vi named.rfc1912.zones
    (add these two zones)
    zone "example.com" IN {
    type master;
    file "example.com.zone";
    allow-update {none;};
    zone "0.168.192.in-addr.arpa" IN {
    type master;
    file "192.168.0.zone";
    # cd /var/named/chroot/var/named/
    # cp named.local 192.168.0.zone
    # cp localhost.zone example.com.zone
    # vi example.com.zone
    $TTL 86400 @ IN SOA server.example.com. root.example.com. (
    52 ; serial
    3H ; refresh
    15M ; retry
    1W ; expiry
    1D ) ; minimum
            IN  NS   server.example.com.
            IN  MX   10 server.example.com.
    server  IN  A
    www     IN  CNAME    server.example.com. 
    # vi 192.168.0.zone
    $TTL 86400
    @ IN SOA server.example.com. root.server.example.com. (
    1997022703 ; Serial
    28800 ; Refresh
    14400 ; Retry
    3600000 ; Expire
    86400 ) ; Minimum 
        IN NS server.example.com.
    100 IN PTR server.example.com.
    Restart the named server once you are done with all the configuration.
    # service named restart
    If you get any error message and your service ends up with a failed status then check the log messages for troubleshooting. I will guide with few of the problems I came up with and the way I overcome those errors at the end of the configuration

    check your DNS
    # ping google.com
    PING google.com ( 56(84) bytes of data. 
    64 bytes from maa03s17-in-f3.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=48.6 ms 
    64 bytes from maa03s17-in-f3.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=54.1 ms 
    64 bytes from maa03s17-in-f3.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=53 time=50.7 ms 
    64 bytes from maa03s17-in-f3.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=4 ttl=53 time=50.5 ms 
    # dig -x
    ; <<>> DiG 9.3.3rc2 <<>> -x 
    ;; global options: printcmd 
    ;; Got answer: 
    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 45439 
    ;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 1,  ADDITIONAL: 1 
    ; IN PTR 
    ;; ANSWER SECTION: 86400 IN PTR server.example.com. 
    0.168.192.in-addr.arpa. 86400 IN NS server.example.com. 
    server.example.com. 86400 IN A 
    ;; Query time: 1 msec 
    ;; SERVER: 
    ;; WHEN: Thu Nov 10 07:55:59 2011 
    ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 107 
    # nslookup server.example.com 
    Name: server.example.com 

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    1. Very Helpful tutorial

      Thanks alot