ISBN-10: 0596100574

ISBN-13: 9780596100575

Edition: 5th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Cricket Liu, Paul Albitz

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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 many other services. 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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List price: $49.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 642
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

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. More recently he has been involved in networking HP's DesignJet plotter. 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.

A (Very) Brief History of the Internet
On the Internet and Internets
The Domain Name System, in a Nutshell
The History of BIND
Must I Use DNS?
How Does DNS Work?
The Domain Namespace
The Internet Domain Namespace
Nameservers and Zones
Where Do I Start?
Getting BIND
Choosing a Domain Name
Setting Up BIND
Our Zone
Setting Up Zone Data
Setting Up a BIND Configuration File
Hostname Checking
Running a Primary Nameserver
Running a Slave Nameserver
Adding More Zones
What's Next?
DNS and Electronic Mail
MX Records
Movie.edu's Mail Server
What's a Mail Exchanger, Again?
The MX Algorithm
DNS and Email Authentication
Configuring Hosts
The Resolver
Resolver Configuration
Sample Resolver Configurations
Minimizing Pain and Suffering
Additional Configuration Files
The Windows XP Resolver
Maintaining BIND
Controlling the Nameserver
Updating Zone Datafiles
Organizing Your Files
Changing System File Locations
Keeping Everything Running Smoothly
Growing Your Domain
How Many Nameservers?
Adding More Nameservers
Registering Nameservers
Changing TTLs
Planning for Disasters
Coping with Disaster
When to Become a Parent
How Many Children?
What to Name Your Children
How to Become a Parent: Creating Subdomains
Subdomains of in-addr.arpa Domains
Good Parenting
Managing the Transition to Subdomains
The Life of a Parent
Advanced Features
Address Match Lists and ACLs
DNS Dynamic Update
DNS NOTIFY (Zone Change Notification)
Incremental Zone Transfer (IXFR)
Round-Robin Load Distribution
Nameserver Address Sorting
Preferring Nameservers on Certain Networks
A Nonrecursive Nameserver
Avoiding a Bogus Nameserver
System Tuning
The ABCs of IPv6 Addressing
Addresses and Ports
Securing Your Nameserver
DNS and Internet Firewalls
The DNS Security Extensions
nslookup and dig
Is nslookup a Good Tool?
Interactive Versus Noninteractive
Option Settings
Avoiding the Search List
Common Tasks
Less Common Tasks
Troubleshooting nslookup Problems
Best of the Net
Using dig
Reading BIND Debugging Output
Debugging Levels
Turning On Debugging
Reading Debugging Output
The Resolver Search Algorithm and Negative Caching (BIND 8)
The Resolver Search Algorithm and Negative Caching (BIND 9)
Troubleshooting DNS and BIND
Is NIS Really Your Problem?
Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques
Potential Problem List
Transition Problems
Interoperability and Version Problems
TSIG Errors
Problem Symptoms
Programming with the Resolver and Nameserver Library Routines
Shell Script Programming with nslookup
C Programming with the Resolver Library Routines
Perl Programming with Net::DNS
External, Authoritative DNS Infrastructure
Forwarder Infrastructure
Internal DNS Infrastructure
Keeping Up with DNS and BIND
Using CNAME Records
A Limitation of MX Records
Dial-up Connections
Network Names and Numbers
Additional Resource Records
Internationalized Domain Names
DNS, Windows, and Active Directory
DNS Message Format and Resource Records
BIND Compatibility Matrix
Compiling and Installing BIND on Linux
Top-Level Domains
BIND Nameserver and Resolver Configuration
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