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Cricket Liu , Paul Albitz
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5 Jun 2006

DNS and BIND tells you everything you need to work with 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 even listing phone numbers with the new ENUM standard. This book brings you up-to-date with the latest changes in this crucial service.

The fifth edition covers BIND 9.3.2, the most recent release of the BIND 9 series, as well as BIND 8.4.7. BIND 9.3.2 contains further improvements in security and IPv6 support, and important new features such as internationalized domain names, ENUM (electronic numbering), and SPF (the Sender Policy Framework).

Whether you're an administrator involved with DNS on a daily basis or a user who wants to be more informed about the Internet and how it works, you'll find that this book is essential reading.

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 namespace
  • 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 servers, etc.
  • The DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and Transaction Signatures (TSIG)
  • Mapping one name to several servers for load sharing
  • Dynamic updates, asynchronous notification of change to a zone, and incremental zone transfers
  • Troubleshooting: using nslookup and dig, reading debugging output, common problems
  • DNS programming using the resolver library and Perl's Net::DNS module

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The fifth edition covers BIND 9.3.2, the most recent release of the BIND 9 series, as well as BIND 8.4.7. BIND 9.3.2 contains further improvements in security and IPv6 support, and important new features such as internationalized domain names, ENUM (electronic numbering), and SPF (the Sender Policy Framework). Whether you're an administrator involved with DNS on a daily basis or a user who wants to be more informed about the Internet and how it works, you'll find that this book is essential reading.

About the Author

Cricket Liu graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, 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 a Labs computer room). Cricket was hostmaster@hp.com for over three years, and then joined HP's Professional Services Organization to co-found HP's Internet Consulting Program.Cricket left HP in 1997 to form Acme Byte & Wire, a DNS consulting and training company, with his friend 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 Infoblox, a company that develops DNS and DHCP appliances, in March, 2003. He is currently their Vice President of Architecture.Cricket, his wife, Paige, their son, Walt, and daughter, Greta, live in California with their two Siberian Huskies, Annie and Dakota.

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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars just one word "perfect" 7 May 2008
By Al
Format:Paperback
Not being an IT pro, I am kind of average joe who when in need of something new to learn googles for it first or reads forums to get an impression of the scale. The task we had a year back was to install mail server in a small company network that never had any server before. And there you have it: one task pulls another and you need more knowledge, more books and more time to accomplish it. After all we had to get few things done for proper internetworking within our small business, something we have never had before: users authentication, files sharing, DNS resolution, mailing and most importantly backing up all that stuff. Not an easy thing when you first planned on running an e-mail server only and had no idea it would require fundamental re-structuring and investing.

Anyhow, I would like to say big big thank you to authors as the book helped us immensely in completing DNS and network design part almost in no time. There was no technology we came across that went on so smoothly. Clearly explained examples (tens of them), ready and working codes for most of the situations, plus great insight on probably all aspects of DNS integration into small business network - all that saved us time, hair and money as we tackled the tasks ourselves.

Recently, we have replaced our Exchange mail server with Solaris (Comm Suite) one and can't be happier. The book was in use again and again it was dead easy to configure and run BIND. Exactly as described. Very happy reader, would recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Admin must read 12 Sep 2013
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You can set up DNS by following instructions found on The Internet, but if anything goes wrong you could spend considerable time looking for relevant information to fix it, and even more time making sense of the, sometimes conflicting, advice/explanations.

I am still reading this book (currently finishing chapter 4), but I have found it full of well structured information that puts DSN and BIND into context so the rather brief explanations of setting up a DNS server that I have read elsewhere now make much more sense. By the end of chapter 4 I should be able to get my server set up and accessible from The Internet, if required, and be confident that it will do what I expect. Later chapters provide information about other configurations, troubleshooting, expanding the network, security etc.
For a technical reference, I am finding this book to be easy to read.

If you are intending to have your own server on The Internet then I would classify this book as essential.
If you just want to get DNS working correctly within your own organisation or personal small network this book should simplify life considerably.
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This book is a very complete guide to the whole DNS system. I'm not working with BIND and I just bought this book out of my curiosity to know more about the inner works of the Internet, and I'm very very happy. This book also covers a bit of IPv6.

It is very friendly and easy to read, so easy that this is one of the books that I read when I'm tired at the end of the day, and I can read it clearly!

This book should be in any Comp. Scien. book shell!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised! 31 May 2012
By Iain
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Sliding into the role of systems administrator for a non-profit organisation my heart sank at the prospect of 'just one more piece of technology' - namely the DNS aspect of single login and reliably sending out newsletter emails and thus setting up Kerberos, LDAP and DKIM resource records - that needed to be understood, rather than remaining blind and following (some excellent) recipes on howtoforge, for examlple. However, after taking in the first part of this well-presented material, I was surprised to find that I was now interested in the subject and gaining the necessary cognitive model to confidently tackle this part of the systems admin puzzle.
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