DNS and BIND

DNS and BIND

by Cricket Liu (Author), PaulAlbitz (Author)

Synopsis

"DNS and BIND" is about one of the Internet's fundamental building blocks: the distributed host information database that's responsible for translating names into addresses, routing mail to its proper destination, and many other services. As the authors say in the preface, if you're using the Internet, you're already using DNS - even if you don't know it. This edition covers the 9.1.0 and 8.2.3 versions of BIND along with the older 4.9 version. There's also more extensive coverage of NOTIFY, IPv6 forward and reverse mapping, transaction signatures, and the new DNS Security Extensions; and a new section on accommodating Windows 2000 clients, servers and Domain Controllers. Whether you're an administrator involved daily with DNS or a user who wants to be more informed about the Internet and how it works, the book should be of interest. Topics include: what DNS does, how it works, and when you need to use it; how to find your own place in the Internet's name space; setting up name servers; using MX records to route mail; configuring hosts to use DNS name servers; subdividing domains (parenting); securing your name server: restricting who can query your server, preventing unauthorized zone transfers, avoiding bogus name servers, and so on; mapping one name to several servers for load sharing; troubleshooting: using nslookup, reading debugging output, common problems; and DNS programming, using the resolver library and Perl's Net::DNS module.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 499
Edition: 3
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: Sep 1998

ISBN 10: 1565925122
ISBN 13: 9781565925120

Author Bio
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 Paul developed the tools used to run the hp.com domain. Since then Paul has worked on networking HP's DesignJet plotter and on the fax subsystem of HP's OfficeJet multifunction peripheral. Before joining HP, Paul was a system administrator in the CS Department of Purdue University. As system administrator, Paul ran versions of BIND before BIND's initial release with 4.3 BSD. Paul and his wife Katherine live in San Diego, CA. Cricket Liu matriculated at the University of California's Berkeley campus, that great bastion of free speech, unencumbered UNIX and cheap pizza. He went to work for Hewlett-Packard after graduation and stayed at HP for nine years. Cricket began managing the hp.com zone after the Loma Prieta earthquake forcibly moved the zone's management from HP Labs to HP's Corporate Offices. He was hostmaster@hp.com for over three years, and then joined HP's Professional Services Organization to found HP's Internet consulting program. Cricket currently runs his own DNS consulting and training company, Acme Byte & Wire, with his friend Matt Larson. Cricket, his wife, Paige, and their son, Walt, live in Colorado with two Siberian Huskies, Annie and Dakota. On warm weekends, you'll probably find them on the flying trapeze.