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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2005 edition (1 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590594940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590594940
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,720,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ronald Aitchison is the founder of Zytrax, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, development, and marketing of IP network solutions and services.

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Format: Paperback
in general I would give 4.5 if it possible. 5 stars is too much unfortunately. Book has pleasant layout and general nice flow. Quite a lot of book is taken for references. You will find easily all important topics of DNS, but DNS and BIND O'Reilly book is much more in depth. Question is: do you need it? If you looking for massive DNS system, then maybe yes, but for average DNS administration it's not necessary. Book is easy for reading, apart some places where author forget a little his nice style for less smooth one. If you are looking for kindle edition: I have not massive experience with kindle format.. but why all tables with commands params are scanned? It's not scalable font, hard to read. Everything else: brilliant. I may recommended as nice refresh even if you know DNS pretty well. After couple of years resolving issues with DNS I still found some valuable tips here.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Definitely the Best! 6 July 2006
By J. P. Mens - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ron Aitchison's Pro DNS and BIND packs a whopping 550 pages of material which is easy to read for the novice or ongoing DNS administrator, and which is very well written (I greatly enjoyed the author's style). After a short introduction in which I learnt some interesting facts about the provisioning of the root servers, the author implements a first zone describing the necessary concepts such as resource records, queries and zone transfers very clearly, followed by the different types of DNS setups (master, slave, caching, forwarding and stealth servers); these are covered in depth in chapter 7. Chapter five covers IPv6 and its relevance to BIND. Throughout the book, references to other DNS server implementations are given, but the primary focus is of course BIND 9.3.0.

Aitchison leads the reader through detailed installation of BIND on Linux, FreeBSD and even Windows (ISC has an installer for Windows in its portfolio), after which common DNS tasks are discussed (how to delegate a subdomain, how to define SPF records, etc. read it on-line here) as well as a chapter on tools.

The third part of the book is dedicated to securing DNS configurations with topics ranging from simple administrative issues (chroot jails) through securing DNS updates and zone transfers with TSIG and DNSSEC.bis which is covered very extensively in chapter 11.

Chapters 12 and 13 provide extensive commented references on BIND configuration and Zone files. There is of course plenty of on-line reference information on these two topics (including the author's very good DNS for Rocket Scientists) but I like to have reference information on hardcopy (in the event my DNS servers fail, and I can't reach the on-line documentation :-) )

In part 5 the author shortly covers programming with the BIND API and the resolver libraries, and he follows that with an interesting chapter on DNS Messages and Records, good to have if you want to sniff your way through DNS traffic.

The publisher's web site carries a sample chapter as well as the source code to the book which is also available in TAR format on the author's web site together with complementary information and pointers to further resources.

My only complaint about this otherwise excellent book is that on two or three occasions I read a paragraph that I thought I'd just read before; some duplication must have taken place (or I was tired). For the next edition, I'd like to read a chapter on interoperability between BIND and Microsoft Windows DNS servers, specifically regarding DNSSEC.

This book is an absolute must have for anybody who needs to understand DNS in the first place (irrespective of the implementation he or she plans to use), and it is a must have for a systems administrator who is either intending to deploy or has already deployed BIND 9.3. I wish I'd read this book before the first mentioned above.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
GREAT Book about DNS and BIND!! 30 Nov 2005
By F. Dazinger - Published on
Format: Paperback
while the reference from Paul Albitz/Cricket Liu is sometimes hard to read and long winded, this text from Mr. Aitchinson covers everything and yet stays very clear and simple. I could configure and start a caching only DNS server in less than 30 minutes (well, after omitting the first few introductory chapters ;-). If you want to look up sth., there is also a big reference section. There is also an errata-page at:


I also found this book *much* more useful as the first, because of the fact that it is much more up-to-date!

I can recommend this book to everyone, who

*) wants to install/configure/start/maintain a DNS server

*) wants to get informed about the Domain Name System in general

Up to now, this book is really an insiders' tip!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To understand DNS and BIND get this book! 12 Dec 2005
By Harold McFarland - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Domain Name System is a critical component of any large network or any computer connected to the Internet. While a home user would not need to setup a DNS server, business networks of any significant size would benefit from an internal server, DNS caching router or other components. This book takes the reader through a very good explanation of DNS and BIND, how it works, how to set it up, how to test it, and how to troubleshoot it. There are many books on DNS and BIND but most either assume a certain level of prior knowledge, provide theory without implementation information, or provide implementation information without any theory so you have no idea how to troubleshoot a problematic implementation. Author Ron Aitchison does an excellent job of discussing both theory and implementation in this book so you end up with a thorough education. He even covers the implementation of a secure DNS server. This book actually takes the reader from a level of complete novice through advanced DNS administrator and does an excellent job of it. Pro DNS and BIND is highly recommended and one of the better books on the subject available.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Online VS. Hardcopy version 30 Jan 2006
By Harvey Mushman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After reading several of the chapter sections at the authors website, I needed a bit more understanding about how to install and configure Bind 9 onto our Windows box. I wanted to use Bind on old hardware running NT4. I fired off an email to the author and got several pointers that fixed the problems I was having. I realized the pointers he had given me were all covered in his book. After purchasing the book, I not only found out lots of stuff about what all the parameters are but also discovered how to manage bind over the LAN in a secure way. This book is a must have for anyone that wants to use Bind 9 for the first time. It has helped me several times already.
A good referance for a DNS Admin. 25 Jan 2014
By R Resources - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I support 300K IP over several DNS servers
This is a good quick referance.
Good practical examples.

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