DNS and BIND
DNS and BIND is an explanation of the glorious Domain Name System (DNS). DNS takes familiar Internet network and machine names (such as "Amazon.co.uk") and converts them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (such as "184.108.40.206") that are meaningful to routers and so useful for identifying the machine you want to reach. What's amazing is, DNS enables someone in Germany to refer, by name, to a computer in Mongolia even if no one in Germany has ever accessed the distant machine before. It's pretty much self-configuring too: no human effort in Germany is necessary to make the Mongolian machine reachable by name. DNS and BIND explains how DNS works better than any other piece of documentation, printed or otherwise. The work of Paul Albitz and Cricket Liu, now in its fourth revision, has long been considered a classic among systems administrators and network architects, particularly those with a UNIX bent.
|von Paul Albitz|
The fourth edition is mainly an update: The authors have added coverage of incremental and conditional zone transfer with BIND's new NOTIFY features, as well as of Transaction Signatures (TSIG) and DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC). Sections on firewalling and DNS for IPv6 addresses have been expanded, and Albitz and Liu maintain their impeccable style that combines text and illustrative listings into an educational whole throughout. --David Wall
Topics covered: The Domain Name System (DNS) and how it's implemented by BIND (through versions 8.2.3 and 9.1.0), how to set up BIND, how to configure MX records for mail service, parent and child domains, NOTIFY, and DNS security.
A must have for UNIX Systems Administrators
This book is a must have for anyone who administers DNS servers. I knew nothing about DNS or BIND before I bought this book. This book has made mystery behind DNS very clear.
As a person who runs a small ISP, this book has helped me a great deal in setting up and modifying our name servers. I highly recommend this book to anyone, the beginner or the advanced. Even know this book has taught me most of what I need to know, it is an excellent reference to go back on.
Makes Transition To Bind 8 Painless!
Changing from a pre-8 version of BIND to version 8 of BIND is not as straightforward as previous upgrades have been. Then 'named.boot' file is entirely different, among other changes. This book is great at identifying the required changes and assisting in making those changes.
DNS and BIND clarifies all the mysteries associated with BIND (named) and DNS. Easy to read. Covers every detail from getting and installing the latest BIND, to configuration and troubleshooting. Has a great chapter on nslookup and another that gives detailed explanations of just about every BIND related error message. The only thing they left out is info on configuring syslog to manipulate in a usable manner the BIND generated messages.
For some reason, DNS seems to be a mystery to so many sysadmins. If it were as simple as people often pretend it is (typical system admin person: "Oh, I already know everything about DNS that I need to know... so why read a book or take a course?"), then why do I see 15,000+ lame server messages and 250+ mail CNAME messages every month? These errors are only the result of DNS configuration errors!
Very few sysadmin people REALLY know as much about BIND and DNS as they should. If you are a sysadmin person, do yourself a favor and buy and read this book. If you are an IT manager, check your system administrator's book shelf. If this book is missing, then buy it for them and make them read it! (You should read it first, then develop some test questions to see if they really did read it!)
This BOOK MUST BE REQUIRED READING for EVERY system administrator on any type of system connected to the Internet. If everyone that administered an Internet site read this book, we could probably reduce the error traffic on the Internet by 50% or more!
This book also should be the basis of a required one-quarter undergraduate CS course at all schools that teach CS, CE, IT, or equivalent.
One of the best written of the O'Reilly books.
Jon R. Kibler, Systems Architect, Advanced Systems Engineering Technology, Inc.
THE book for DNS admins
This is one of the classical O'Reilly books with which O'Reilly got it's status of "you need to have this book". With this book it was easy to set up a domain name server on linux in no time. It goes very deep into details of DNS and BIND, so that one can probably handle DNS whithout other books. The chapters of the book are: 1.) Background, 2.) How Does DNS Work?, 3.) Where Do I Start?, 4.) Setting Up BIND, 5.) DNS and Electronic Mail, 6.) Configuring Hosts, 7.) Maintaining BIND, 8.) Growing Your Domain, 9.) Parenting, 10.) Advanced Features and Security, 11.) nslookup, 12.) Reading BIND Debugging Output, 13.) Troubleshooting DNS and BIND, 14.) Programming with the Resolver and Name Server Library Routines, 15.) Miscellaneous and F Appendices.